MoKS is the co-organizer of Tuned City Tallinn
Tuned City Tallinn
Sonic Landmarks – a sonic path through Tallinn
official program of the European Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011
July 4-10 2011
“Most people would probably say that architecture does not produce sound, it cannot be heard. But neither does it radiate light yet it can be seen. We see the light it reflects and thereby gain an impression of form and material. In the same way we hear the sounds it reflects and they, too, give us an impression of form and material” (Steen Eiler Rasmussen – Experiencing Architecture (1959)
Hear Tallinn with new ears! Buildings and architecture are usually described in visual terms. But it is often our sense of hearing which assists us in experiencing and navigating through the spaces of urban cities.
There is no sound without space and no space without a sound. In every day life we are surrounded by the sounds of diverse nature and various origins. Language, sounds of nature and civilisation – sound as a carrier of information or as a factor of disturbance permanently encircles our consciousness.
During the month of May 2010, and over the summer of 2011, Tuned City Tallinn will undertake an acoustic exploration of Tallinn. The goal will be to identify and explore the sonic landmarks of the city which define its identity, shape its communication and transform the perceptions of its visitors and inhabitants. A fascinating cross-section of international artists, performers, scientists and thinkers will be brought together to present their ideas about sound and space. In addition, the public will be invited to participate directly through a series of workshops and sound walks and experience diverse site specific installations, performances and demonstrations. Tuned City Tallinn builds on ideas developed during the first ever event of its kind, held in Berlin during the summer of 2008.
Tuned City is part of the official program of the European Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011 and is co-produced with MoKs – center for art and social practice and is supported by the Tallinn 2011 Foundation, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Hasartmängumaksu Nõukogu, Eesti Vabariigi Kultuuriministeerium.
MAY 2010 Pre-Events
Tuned City Tallinn starts off with two workshop projects in the week 18.-22. may 2010, a series of artistic/scientific research projects in the following week and a first public project presentation on may 29th.
1. PUBLIC WORKSHOPS week 17-22 may 2010
Sonic Surveys of Tallinn
workshop led by: John Grzinich, Derek Holzer, Patrick McGinley registration: jg[ät]maaheli.ee
This interdisciplinary workshop (of artists, architects, urban planners, social geographers) concentrates on exploring working methods for mapping and documenting urban spaces and architectural structures of the city of Tallinn. The methods used will combine research and practical skills in surveying and recording the “sonic geographies” found throughout the city. As Tallinn has radically different zones, both architecturally and socially our research aims to reflect expose and reflect the variety of soundscapes to be found there.
This would include the practical elements of an overall “field recording” and “listening” workshop with an introduction to sound, soundscape and field recording techniques. The structure of the workshop divides the overall group of participants into several small scouting teams (3 groups of 4 or 5 people) that make excursions to different districts of the city. A range of locations could include the Soviet ‘plattenbau’ districts like Lasnamäe and Õismäe, the park areas of Kadriorg and Nõmme and the seaside districts of Pirita and Kopli (or whatever else can be introduced) for example.
Mapping the possible overlays of sonic regions or even specific sounds will help define potential “sonic landmarks”, as one of the main themes for the Tuned City conference to be held in July of 2011. Afterward we can pool the coordinates and recordings into a “map” or Survey of Acoustic Geography of Tallinn.
Form and Sound
workshop led by: Lukas Kühne
The idea is to carry out a multidisciplinary laboratory building bridges amongst the different arts and genders. The proposal of this idea is interactive, an adventure that has to do with phenomena of natural laws and the ultimate technology. Sound does not exist without material support: it requires sources in space in order to have some kind of form and it needs ears in order to be heard. Sound depends on the material and the form of sound sources. This workshop explores the relationship between the form that creates sound and the sounds that create form.
This workshop project is meant to create artistic and scientific explorations of the unique acoustic situation of the old waterplane hangar and to find ways to preserve lively and illustrative documentations of an outstanding spatial experience. The hangar will be changed into a maritim museum, this development process causes a certain responsibility for the monument. A scientific analysis of the given frequencies and wavelength, the characteristics of the reverberation and diffusion in the space of the 3 domes and an investigation of the direct and related phenomena should provide a profound explanation. In close collaboration an artistic reflection should interpret, force – translate and visualize this unique sonotop.
(The artistic reflection could be build arround the topic of the echo, starting with the cultural history, the mythological background – the story about the nymph ‘echo’ and ‘narcissus’ as an explanation model of the dispartment of the acoustic and the visual world. Going over to a natural scientific and musically artistic exploration with the above mentioned research project, guided tours through the architecture and artistic performances. And ending with a metaphorical and poetic view on the topic of reflection. (as reaction on causation, repetition, return of history, echos from beyond …)
2. ARTISTIC/SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROJEKTS
In the week 24-28 of may the artists Raviv Ganchrow (NL), Thomas Ankersmit (D) and Anthony Hall (UK)
3. PUBLIC PRESENTATION
May 29 2010 // 3 pm - 9 pm introduction event
Steamboat Icebreaker "SUUR TÕLL" - Lennusadama port, (Küti Street) Tallinn
Hear Tallinn with new ears! Buildings and architecture are usually described in visual terms. But it is often our sense of hearing which assists us in experiencing and navigating through the spaces of urban cities. There is no sound without space and no space without a sound. In everyday life we are surrounded by the sounds of diverse nature and various origins. Language, sounds of nature and civilization - sound as a carrier of information or as a factor of disturbance permanently encircles our consciousness.
In summer of 2011, Tuned City Tallinn will explore and identify the sonic landmarks of the city, which define its identity, shape its communication and transform the perceptions of its visitors and inhabitants. A fascinating cross-section of international artists, performers, scientists and thinkers will be brought together to present their ideas about sound and space. The public will be invited to participate directly through a series of workshops and sound walks and experience diverse site specific installations, performances and demonstrations.
Please find more information about the program on our website: http://www.tunedcity.net/tallinn
May 29 2010 // k 15:00 - 21:00 tutvustav sündmus
Steamboat Icebreaker "SUUR TÕLL" - Lennusadama port, (Küti Street) Tallinn
Kuula Tallinnat uute kõrvadega! Tavaliselt kirjeldatakse ehitisi ja arhitektuuri visuaalsete märksõnadega. Aga tihti on just meie kuulmismeel see, mis aitab meid (linna)ruumi kogemisel ja selles liikumisel. Ei ole heli ilma ruumita ja ruumi ilma helita. Igapäevaelus ümbritsevad meid erineva loomu ja päritoluga helid, heli kas info kandja või mürafaktorina ringleb pidevalt meie teadvuses. 2011. aasta suvel, mil Tallinn on Euroopa kultuuripealinn, võtab Tuned City ette Tallinna akustilise avastamise. Eesmärk on uurida ja identifitseerida linnaruumi helimaastiku märke; neid, mis defineerivad linna identiteeti, vormivad kommunikatsioone ja kujundavad elanike ja külastajate meeli. Selleks tuleb Tallinna kokku suur hulk rahvusvahelisi kunstnikke, esinejaid, teadlasi ja mõtlejaid, et esitleda oma ideesid heli ja ruumi kohta. Lisaks kaasatakse avalikkust, pakkudes võimalusi lüüa kaasa mitmes töötoas ja helijalutuskäikudel ning kogeda kohaspetsiifilisi installatsioone, performance'e ja esitlusi.
Rohkem infot ja programm aadressil: http://www.tunedcity.net/tallinn