Urbanity, audio culture and sound art have lately gained new focus in both academia and creative, artistic circles. The LAK festival at Prags Boulevard in September is one out of many cultural events bridging urbanity and sound. Sound in relation to the city is not a new phenomenon. In modernity, sound and the rhythms of the industrial city was an unquestionable part of every day urban life. But how are the sounds of the present city? Has the soundscape of the city changed and how can we understand the many artistic and cultural expressions taking place in the city today?
The seminar seeks to define the emergent ecologies in recent urban and auditive cultures. Site specificity, the ambience of place and soundscapes in public space and how sound and sound art relate to urban transformations, are issues to be discussed on the seminar.
Inviting international and national speakers to give their perspective on sound, art and auditory cultures in public space, the seminar will focus on the transformation of space through artistic interventions, design and listening. For instance, how existing spatial qualities are used, assembled or even distorted – and how can sound art and an aesthetical, qualitatively approach to sound in public space change urban politics and social practices in the city.
This is the questions we will raise on the seminar held at PB43 in Copenhagen. More on the seminar and LAK-festival for Nordic sound art: