WHAT'S BEHIND THAT SILENCE? SOUND ART AND PUBLIC SPACE
Exhibitions and activations in Roeselare and Barcelona / Sounds of our cities · 2021
SOUNDS OF OUR CITIES is a project based upon research and knowledge transfer between art, technology and social space. The resulting exhibitions include sound art projects developed in two cities, the Krottegem district in Roeselare (Belgium) and the Sant Andreu district in Barcelona, mounting a critical reflection upon cultural identity in relation to community and silence. Artistic practice is here understood as a means of combining active public involvement in collective creative processes, contextualised research, shared learning, knowledge exchange, and socialisation of processes and results. Based upon memories and remembrances, the projects, produced in on-site or remote residencies, offer a fictional landscape for other realities or experiences, other voices, new cities which are not so remote from the cartographic territories that we understand as real and existing.
The city has an abundance of spaces that contain stories and memories that belong to the collective imagination. Some have become silenced spaces (places forgotten or erased from official narratives, requiring a collective process in order to reactivate them). Silence is considered as a state of absence of sound, of noise, or even of life. However, it has also been considered as a space of resistance, or even of rights. Susan Sontag defended the performativity of silence as an act in itself, pointing out that “Not only does silence exist in a world full of speech and other sounds, but any given silence takes its identity as a stretch of time being perforated by sound” (“The aesthetics of silence” in Styles of Radical Will - Essays collection -1969).
FROM 11 TO 21TH OF NOVEMBER: EXHIBITION IN BARCELONA
The exhibition in Barcelona is based upon an information point located in the Sant Andreu Civic Centre, and expands outside the exhibition space. Based on each artist work, and upon stories collected by residents from the Sant Andreu district, sound installations have been realised at various significant points within the neighbourhood such as Centre d'interpretació dels Tres Tombs Can Fontanet, and Biblioteca Ignasi Iglésias and Centre d'Art Fabra i Coats, thus creating an “imagined city” where sound and space form a new reality.
The exhibition includes the projects carried out in residence in Barcelona and in Roeselare of: Donia Jourabchi, with the participation in the workshop of Natalia Domínguez, Aleix Plademunt, Wingel Gilberto, Anna Recasens, Sofía Balbontín, Matthias Neumann, Sena Aydin, Yolanda de los Bueis, Jordina Roca, Christos Papasotiriou and Carolina de la Cajiga; Zsofia Szonja; Raphael Daibert; In-Dialog Collective, with the participation of José Pablo Parra and Mila von Chobiak from the Master of Sound Art (UB); Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy (after the residency in Barcelona); Martí Madaula; Banu Çiçek Tülü; John Grzinich; Dynamische Akustische Forschung (Dynamic Acoustic Research), Marta Azparren and Pablo Martín Jones (after the residency in Roeselare), and students from the master’s degree course in Sound Art (UB) hosted by Josep Cerdà, Josep Manuel Berenguer and Antonio Alcalde, the master’s degree course in Research in Art and Design (Eina-UAB), and the Creation Workshop course, part of the degree in Fine Arts (UB), participating in the Voices project (part of the curatorial research).
Includes Idensitat’s project Voices through a number of workshops. As part of the master’s degree course in Sound Art (UB), with Josep Cerdà, Pedro Alcale, Esteybi Beleño, Eduardo Caballero, Lupino Caballero, Pau Capdevila, Efraín Constantino, Miguel Ángel Fernández, Miguel García, Marina Hervás, Jobke, Jonathan Noveron, Macarena Solervicens, Claudia Torán and Clàudia Vives-Fierro. As part of the master’s degree course in Art and Design Research (Eina-UAB), with Jaqueline Arango, Jordi Blasi, Yushan Li, Roger Monfort, Xiaoyi Qu, Asunción Recabarren - Esperanza Grez - Sofía Carrere, Raúl Rocha, Ge Song, Sijie Sun, Yujia Tian, Xichen Wang, Xingyi Wang, Shuohan Zeng and Cuixi Zhang. As part of the 3rd year degree course in Fine Arts (UB), with Roc Andrés, Adonis Antonioi, Diogo Alves, Alejandro Díaz Feijoo, Claudia Fernandez, Helena Pons, Rubén Sánchez, Elena Serrano, Luke-Antony Walker, Genís Salvatella and Laura Sofía Santander.
From 16th to 21st, a project activation will be held in parallel to the exhibition forming part of the Loop Festival. There will be tours, film screenings and performances related to a specific environment or space within the neighbourhood, with the intention of amplifying and/or generating a new ephemeral location.
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11
Inauguration of the exhibition-information point at the Sant Andreu Civic Center. From this date the following projects will be open to the public: Donia Jourabchi - “Transound” at the Ignasi Iglésias-Can Fabra Library, In-Dialog Collective, José Pablo Parra and Mila von Chobiak - “Woodpeckers in the urban jungle” at Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Arts Creation Centre in Barcelona, Raphael Daibert - “Cotorradio” and Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy - “News from home” at Can Fontanet - the Tres Tombs Interpretation Centre
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16th
4pm to 6pm Participatory sound recording in front of the chimney of Fabra i Coats: Art Factory with Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy - "News From Home."
* No prior registration is required for this activity.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17th
7pm to 9pm Audiovisual screening at La Escocesa: Martí Madaula - “How to conquer space. To plant a flying garden", Marta Azparren and Pablo Martín Jones - “Manoeuvres”.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20th
11am to 2pm Route with the artists through the different exhibition spaces.
11am Start and presentation by Idensitat at the Civic Centre of Sant Andreu.
12 pm Donia Jourabchi - “Transound” at the Ignasi Iglésias-Can Fabra Library.
12:30 pm In-Dialog Collective, José Pablo Parra and Mila von Chobiak - “Woodpeckers in the urban jungle” at Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Arts Creation Centre in Barcelona.
1 pm Raphael Daibert - “Cotorradio”, Zsófia Szonja Illés - “Unheard and unseen”, Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy - “News from home” at Can Fontanet - the Tres Tombs Interpretation Centre
5 pm to 7pm Experimental listening workshop with Donia Jourabchi
Starting at the Verneda metro stop (L2). Activity in English
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21th
11am to 12:30 pm Sensory walk “Sensing the Margins” with Zsófia Szonja Illés.
Starting at the Baró de Viver metro stop (L1), Skatepark.
Activity in English.
FROM THE 22ND TO 3OTH OF OCTOBER: EXHIBITION IN ROESELARE
The exhibition in Roeselare is hosted in a former library (O.L.Vrouwemarkt 30) from the 22nd to 30th of October. During those days, a project activation will take place, in which artists will offer process-based parts of their own works, so that the wider community may also participate in these sessions.
For both exhibitions, each artist has presented a work related to a location, in order to amplify that location, and/or to generate a new place within it, one which lets us imagine for ourselves experiences that the architecture itself retains in its memory, experiences which are not visible at first sight. An opportunity to imagine the utopian or dystopian using elements of memory, in which sound, in surprising ways, generates a new image of locations which are both well-known and, at the same time, hidden.
The artists participating in the exhibition share methodologies and a sensitivity to issues such as collective memory, the recovery of voices, and the urban imaginary. Each one presents the community and the sonic work from a different perspective; some adopting processes of collaboration as an essential part of the work, creating more performative results, and others instead using objects or architectural spaces as their strategy for collecting stories and experiences.
Dear Hunter was in charge of drawing up cartopological maps in each of the selected areas, a group of students from Aalborg University designed a digital application for various devices (phone, web and tablet), which, through augmented reality and sound, forms connections between locations, personal experiences and artistic projects. Idensitat curated the artistic projects in the two cities, collaborating with Impact and the City of Roeselare, who were also in charge of the residencies in Roeselare, in addition to the exhibition and the activations.
Sounds of Our Cities is a cultural cooperation project involving the 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). Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura, Ajuntament de Barcelona Institut de Cultura and Institut Ramon LLull.
With the collaboration of Master's Degree of Sound Art at Universitat de Barcelona, Fabra i Coats Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Centre Cívic Sant Andreu, Can Fontanet, Biblioteca Ignasi Iglesias Can Fabra, LOOP Barcelona, Institut Français, Stroom Den Haag, La Escocesa i ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies.