Photo by Laura Caroline Ranglack (Galaxaura)
Workshop ›Listening to the Environment‹
Peter Cusack, University of the Arts, London
Wednesday, Nov 9, 3:00-7:00 pm, ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften, Potsdam
As an introduction Peter Cusack gave an overview of his work in field recording and environmental sound, in particular the project Sounds from Dangerous Places that asks the question, ›What can we learn of damaged places, like the Chernobyl exclusion zone, by listening to their sounds?‹
Photographs by Laura Caroline Ranglack (Galaxaura)
The workshop then visited local soundscapes around ZeM in Potsdam. The aim was to listen to what is there and ask how sound in the environment can be interestingly recorded and mapped. We made audio field recordings but also explored ways of using writing, drawing, simple images and photographs to document what we hear.
Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He is based in Berlin and London and is a research fellow in Sound Arts & Design and a member of CriSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) at the University of the Arts, London. In 1998 he started the Favourite Sounds Project that explores what people find positive about the soundscapes of the cities – London, Beijing, Chicago, Prague, Manchester and Berlin – where they live. His project Sounds From Dangerous Places (described as sonic journalism) investigates soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage including the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Caspian Oil Fields, and, currently, the Aral Sea. During 2011/12 he was a DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin and initiated the Berlin Sonic Places project to consider the relationship between soundscape and urban development.
A workshop in collaboration with the colloquium Sonic Thinking | KlangDenken, first workshop session of the series »Thinking Through Sound«
Many many thanks go to Laura Caroline Ranglack (Galaxaura) for the photos!