Klang Orte Berlin/Berlin Sonic Places
perspectives of acoustic city development
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.
The project Klang Orte Berlin/Berlin Sonic Places was initiated by Peter Cusack during his residency for the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program to explore the importance of sound in the urban context and how it is affected by city planning and development. Reconstruction and development projects of every size and purpose have been a fact of Berlin life since reunification. It is a particularly relevant, and fascinating, city to illuminate the issues.
From January to September 2012 Berlin Sonic Spaces brought together the perspectives of different interest groups – local and international artists, architects/planners, sociologists, musicians, residents, administrators, communities and the public – for a wide ranging dialogue on the city’s changing soundscape.
Three themed modules were set up in three Berlin locations – Prenzlauerberg, Rummelsburg, Tempelhof Airfield – chosen for the types of development that they exemplify. A series of research and sound arts projects were commissioned in each, leading to three lively one-day events where the work was presented in public as installations, performances, panels, talks and open discussions. Themes included the effect of social changes on city sound environments, methodologies to study urban sound in the context of planning and city soundscapes of the future.
As an additional perspective Berlin Sonic Places also conducted a series of interviews with participants and others actively interested in the urban sound environment.
Klang Orte Berlin/Berlin Sonic Places developes the discourse started by Tuned City Berlin 2008 in collaboration with the UDK Sound Studies and a wide range of local and international partners. The project was realised by dock e.V. in cooperation with The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. The results of the collaboration with UDK Sound Studies Berlin were featured at Ars Electronica 2012 in Linz.