VOICES: SOUND ARCHIVE
SOUND AND URBAN CONTEXT
City of Roeselare + Idensitat + Dear Hunter + Aalborg University / 2019 - 2021

Voices is a sound archive collecting interviews, sound art projects, and  experimental narratives as a podcast collection. Voices belongs to the curatorial investigation and dissemination of the Sound of Our Cities project. 

The objective of the archive is to gather a variety of voices from the artists as well from people who have at some point been linked to the project, recording the memories or experiences that they wish to share, or fictions on issues related to urban public space and the theme of silence

We interpret the archive as a place  where time and space are variable, where “a document in an archive can change location, be contextualised and at times destroyed in preference of another document” (Anna Dekker).  

The archive has three strands:

  • Small talks: a collection of Interviews or conversations
  • Sound as a form of connection: a sound archive made up of sound pieces, memories and experiences that participants may wish to share, based upon the idea of ​​“silenced spaces”.
  • Sound speculations: an area open to the exploration and imagination of the intangible and the creation of new sound configurations created by local artists. 

Small Talks is a collection of interviews or conversations with the selected artists for Sounds of Our Cities. Through these conversations, listeners can learn more about the residencies, their starting points, and also the processes that the projects will follow.  

The interviews begin with artists explaining their own projects, leading into further explanations on how they approach sounds and silences, how they conceptualise their projects, and the research that they have been developing for years in order to generate their own methodologies and formats in their artistic practice. After establishing context, we ask them about the meaning of “voices” , and their thoughts regarding their connection with the community and their audience, ending with what they expect to achieve from this residency. 

These interviews were held at the beginning of the project. A second set of interviews will take place, discussing how the pandemic affected the projects.  

Sound as a form of connection has as its main goal the collection of documents, sound pieces, memories and experiences that participants may wish to share, based upon the idea of ​​“silenced spaces”.  The city is full of spaces with stories and memories that belong to collective imaginations; spaces which have often been silenced, forgotten or erased. The objective of this collection is to activate those spaces that have fallen silent, deteriorated, disconnected from the narratives of the city.

With the podcast  “Sounds as a form of connection”, we are creating a collection in which these voices may be heard. We are looking for stories, voices, memories, sound pieces, songs, documents, and experiences. This is a way to reach out to the general public directly online (during lockdowns) and also, offline, in the neighbourhood, with the objective of creating a varied collection of stories and voices to be published in a podcast. 

Sound speculations, a section open to exploration and imagination of the intangible, and the creation of new sound configurations created by local artists.  

The idea is to generate an archive of imaginary soundwalks created by local artists. Through the invitation to selected artists, resident in those cities in which this project is developed, we offer the possibility of new routes through well-known cities, a way of travelling through the same city using the fictional perspectives of sounds as a tool.  

Small talks

#1 Zsofia Szonja - Unheard and Unseen  (art residency in Barcelona)

00:10 Introduction
06:34 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
11:57 How would you relate the sound and the silence in your project? 
13:59 What does voices mean in your project?
16:33 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Barcelona?


#2 Martí Madaula - How to conquer space (art residency in Roeselare)

00:10 Introduction
00:41 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
04:16 How would you relate the sound in your project? 
05:57 And the silence? 
08:05 What does voices mean in your project?
10:09 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#3 In-Dialog Collective - CARPENT BIRDS IN THE URBAN JUNGLE. (art residency in Barcelona)

00:10 Introduction
00:50 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
06:52 How would you relate the sound in your project?
07:41 And the silence? 
08:45 What does voices mean in your project?
10:01 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#4 DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung)- Researching social spaces through sound

00:10 Introduction
04:53 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
10:17 How would you relate the sound in your project? And the silence? 
13:52 What does voices mean in your project?
20:23 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#5 Banu Çiçek Tülü - The minor sonic cartography and the safe space

00:10 Presentación
00:42 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
03:24 How would you relate the sound in your project?
05:15 And the silence?
07:14 What does voices mean in your project?
08:01 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#6 MARTA AZPARREN & PABLO MARTÍN JONES - MANOEUVRES - (art residency in Roeselare)

00:10 Introduction
00:55 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
03:11 How would you relate the sound in your project? and the silence?
06:49 What does voices mean in your project?
07:37 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#7 JOHN GRZINICH - LISTENING IN CONTEXT - (ART RESIDENCY IN ROESELARE)

0:10 Introduction - could you introduce yourself please?
01:17 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
05:35 How would you relate the sound in your project?
08:13 and the silence?
10:03 What does voices mean in your project?
11:08 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Roeselare?


#8 RAPHAEL DAIBERT - COTORRADIO - (ART RESIDENCY IN BARCELONA)

00:10 Introduction - could you introduce yourself please?
02:09 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
05:25 How would you relate the sound in your project?
06:41 and the silence?
08:53 What does voices mean in your project?
10:20 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Barcelona?


#9 ANNE FEHRES & LUKE CONROY - NEWS FROM HOME - (ART RESIDENCY IN BARCELONA)

00:10 Introduction - could you introduce yourself please?
00:56 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
02:56 How would you relate the sound in your project?
03:58 and the silence?
05:05 What does voices mean in your project?
06:43 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Barcelona?


#10 DONIA JOURABCHI - TRANSOUND - (ART RESIDENCY IN BARCELONA)
 

00:10 Introduction - could you introduce yourself please?
02:48 Could you explain to us your project for SoOC?
05:38 How would you relate the sound in your project?
07:38 and the silence?
09:13 What does voices mean in your project?
10:04 What do you imagine or expect from the residency in Barcelona?


Sounds of our Cities is an European project of Cultural Cooperation co-founded by Creative Europe carried out between City of Roeselare (BE)Idensitat (ES), Dear Hunter (NL), Aalborg University (DK), and associated partners: Impact vzw (BE) - De Spil Cultuurcentrum (BE) - BOHM BOHM ROOM (SE) - Struer Tracks (DK) - Master Degree in Sound Art of Universitat de Barcelona (ES), Ajuntament de Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Cultura.


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