[ 14. August 2010 ]

LONDON – Field Studies 2010

Von: Marc Behrens
Datum: 14. August 2010 10:43:55 MESZ
An: degemnews@niehusmann.org
Betreff: London: Field Studies 2010

13 September at 22:00 – 16 September at 17:00
Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, LondonMet
40-44 Holloway Road
London, United Kingdom

A new summer workshop exploring architecture and the city through
listening and recorded sound

Field Studies 2010 is a four-day field recording workshop led by sound
artists and composers Marc Behrens, Justin Bennett and John Levack
Drever. It aims to explore recording as a creative and practical tool
for artists, architects and urbanists, and the possibilities of
working with sound as a means to engage with pl…aces and people.


Sound is gaining renewed attention within the context of architecture,
the city and the built environment. There are practical reasons, such
as the importance for architects and urbanists to be able to create
positive, or manage negative soundscapes and noise in the city. The
question of where sound ends and noise begins is an interesting topic
in itself and belongs to the more poetic side of sound in the built
environment. Thinking about sound means to engage with ephemeral
aspects of places, particularly the changing character of the built
environment over time, which traditional visual media cannot
represent. Sound, harmony and music are intimately connected with
culture and the question of good and bad sound is politically charged.
Each revolution has its own music. If we listen, rather than look,
there is a whole new and curious world to be discovered.

Field Studies provides an environment to engage with all these
questions starting from a much more practical and ‚mundane‘ point of
view. How can listening to the city and working with recorded sound
become part of the creative process of making architecture? How does
working with sound affect the way we engage with places? Can there be
such a thing as an ‚aural sketchbook‘ and of what value can it be to
architects and urbanists? Can sound act as a research tool and a means
to represent architectural ideas? What would future urban plans and
the built environment look like if they relied on sound as much as on
drawings, photographs and models?

Field Studies is for everyone who is interested in learning more about
the practical and technical aspects of field recording and the
potential of recorded sound as part of a creative and analytical
process in architecture and urbanism. The course will be run in the
form of masterclasses lead by the three tutors where students will
meet different approaches to working with sound, collecting material
and recording techniques. Each masterclass will establish a different
brief. Students will go out on field-recording trips and learn how to
manipulate, edit and present recorded material. A series of talks will
complement the programme and the students‘ work will be published and
documented online.


The cost of Field Studies is £150.00

Field Studies takes place from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 September 2010
at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London
Metropolitan University. The workshop is open to everyone and all
ages, and no previous experience is requried. The course will admit
maximum number of 25 students.

For further information and to register, visit http://www.field-studies.org/

Department of Architecture and Spatial Design
London Metropolitan University
Spring House
40-44 Holloway Road
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