Lectures and project presentations by Prof. Dr. Detlef Ipsen (DE) / Prpf. Dr. Ulrich Winko (DE) / Max Neuhaus [US] / Brandon LaBelle [US/DK] / Nik Hummer [AT] / Mark Bain [US/NL] / Zimoun & Pe Lang [CH]
Tuned City – Between Sound and Space Speculation is an exhibition and conference project planned for July 2008 in Berlin, which proposes a new evaluation of architectural spaces from the perspective of the acoustic. The project draws the traditions of critical discussion about urban space within the architecture and urban planning discourse – as well as its strategies and working methods – into the context of sound art. This expanded discussion reinforces the potential of the spatial and communicative properties of sound as a tool and means of urban practice.
At the foundations of this event are artists' works and theoretical approaches which in a critical and sensitive way examine given urban and architectural situations alongside their resulting socio-political implications, that re-use existing spaces or that conceive and open new spaces. A dialogue will be built at the intersection of both disciplines which traces out the complex relations and interactions of space-sound, both presenting and testing new strategies, methods, possibilities and potentials of sound work within the artistic and applied context.
For the preview at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, lectures and presentations introduce the different aspects of the topic and outline the key points of the planned conference. Invited artists and projects present themselves and their working methods.
The lectures and presentations at this symposium introduce the different aspects of the topic and outline the key points of the planned conference. The sociologist Prof. Dr. Detlev Ipsen will open up with some basic thoughts on recent urban developments, followed by the philosophical position of Prof. Dr. Gernot Böhme defining space through the aesthetics of athmospheres. The architectural historian and theorist Prof. Dr. Ulrich Winko will give an introduction of the history of music and architecture and will hand over the topic of sound art to the writer and artist Brandon LaBelle. Coming from a critical sound and space dicourse himself, Labelle is going to question one of the pioneers and major figures of sound art Max Neuhaus. Between the single lectures artists participating in the project in July 2008 will give short presentations of their work.
The lectures and presentations will be held in English and German. Simultaneous translation will be provided via headphones.