GroundWork: audible links between feet & ears.
What happens when we really start listening to the sounds that occur between our feet and the ground? How come walking patterns, speed, surfaces and weather conditions into play? Is there a sense of place that we can derive from listening to and composing environmental sounds? What does the world sound like to the ears of an ant?
In November 2004 I was invited by Lehan W. Ramsay to organize a workshop that explored these questions with students of Future University in Hakodate and concluded in an in-house sound scape at the gallery premises of Art Harbour. Environmental sound can be understood as a type of language. Each sound or soundscape has its own meanings and expressions and is like a spoken word: it has something to say about all living beings' behaviours and their relationship to their surroundings, about listening and soundmaking habits.
Video documentation of Sound Walk though the various audible floor surfaces of Art Harbour gallery (November 2004, 5:30min, 19.6MB)
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The project concluded in an interactive gallery walk with the potential for a collective inpromto sound improvisations where the visitors in the galleries different rooms started to use the sound floors for audible exchanges.
In an effort to revive the downtown area of this small town in Hokkaido ART HARBOUR is an experimental platform for emergent learning and creative ways of exchange for the local community following the motto: "There's nothing that's perfect, we can't expect everything to be perfect... Because we should solve local problems. And we can share common problems".
Currently ART HARBOUR has set out to be a model for similiar initiatives called "hubs" in a number of cities world wide.
Momentarium creates situations where our very presence becomes the catalyst for shifting experiences we can integrate into our lives by fusing reality with co-created artifice.