Acoustic potential of SPACE

studio 2

Sound is a way of understanding the world. The visual nature of our culture often forgets this, but there are many structures to be investigated and discoveries to be made through the sonic environments and objects all around us.

This workshop was split into 2 main themes, looking at potentials for sound-based explorations of different environments and technologies with standard recording gear, other experimental hardware, networks, and web-interfaces. Structured as a studio-based and practice-oriented with group-discussions and some discussion of technology, each section began with a brief presentation/discussion on topics to be investigated through a set of exercises, artistic practices of relevance, and readings (as appropriate). Throughout the workshop, the outdoor, lived city-space, as well as immediate built and unbuilt environments in Moscow were emphasised.

Workshop moderators: Jamie Allen and Bernhard Garnicnig.

Bernhard Garnicnig is based in Vienna, Austria. He researches, makes and curates art in international exhibitions and on the internet. He founded the Agency Agency, implementing creative projects in un-structurable constellations of agents and ideas. Projects include the Bregenz biennale 2012 and 2014, and several solo exhibitions in Europe and the US.

Jamie Allen is the Head of Research at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, where he helps chart a course for research and experimentation at the institute, with colleagues in the Research team and His projects and artworks deal with the material of media and its infrastructure (

Technical equipment for participants (please, bring it with you):
- Laptops with Skype installed
- Headphones
- Audio recorder with microphone input

Some links of interest:
Soundwalking by Hilegard Westerkamp
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
John Oswald: Plunderphonics Manifesto

Excerpts from the Reading List:
Brandon Labelle: “Background Noise” (Global Strings: Interpersonal and Network Space)
Alexander R. Galloway “Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization”
Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter: “Spaces Speak: Are you listening?”