October 27th & 28th From 15:00 -19:00

TILDE: ACTIVE LISTENING AND PLACE’S AFFORDANCES

The workshop led by Tilde (Attila Faravelli, Enrico Malatesta and Nicola Ratti) consists in an overview concerning themes as the echolocation, the aural architecture and the soundspace relationship, followed by practical sessions where the participants aurally experience a site.

During the practical section each participant is provided with a kit, consisting of about ten small objects (realized within the project Aural Tools) and receives some suggestions about its use. These protoinstruments are very easy to play; they are not intended for producing sound per se, instead they are designed to enact the aural potentialities of a site. The aim of the workshop is to produce sounds out of a negotiation between active listening and a place’s affordances, wherein the participants listen to themselves in the act of producing sound, in a specific space and time. The practical section of the workshop can take place both in the open air, indoor as well as where there are specific fascinations. No specific musical skills are requested for participating. Groups of people of all ages can participate.

Suggestions:
The affordances of the environment are what it offers the animal, what it provides or furnishes, either for good or ill. The verb to afford is found in the dictionary, but the noun affordance is not. I have made it up. I mean by it something that refers to both the environment and the animal in a way that no existing term does. It implies the complementarity of the animal and the environment.
(James J. Gibson)

Acoustic knowing’ is an experiential knowledge based on the intimate relations between sound, space and place. Acoustemology invokes the way that space indexes the distribution of sounds, and time indexes the motion of sounds. Yet acoustic time is always spatialized, and acoustic space is likewise temporalized. (Steven Feld)

An examination of the continuum of structured energy from event to audition suggests that sound conveys information about events at locations in an environment. A given sound provides information about an interaction of materials at a location in an environment. (William W. Gaver)

When I walk along the seashore, my perception of ‘the great noise of the sea’ is clear; that is, it is fully and powerfully audible. But it is also confused, since I hear this sound as a mass and don’t distinguish its elements – the individual waves – which remain obscure. Yet I must in some sense hear the individual waves, otherwise I could not hear the aggregate. Hence the sound of each individual wave must be distinct for me, though in an unconscious and, hence, obscure sense. What is clear, then, is also confused, and what is distinct is also obscure. Each individual wave is the result of a multitude of forces: the speed and direction of the wind, air pressure and temperature, the temperature and viscosity of the water, and so on.As a result, each conscious perception is the local registration of the entire state of the universe at any given moment. (Christoph Cox)

Dates and Duration:
*October, monday 27th + tuesday 28th From 15:00 -19:00

What participants should bring:
*everything will be provided by Tilde as a working kit for all the participants

Participation Fee: 50€
PLEASE PREREGISTER BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO malatestaDOTeATgmail.com with the Subj line Tilde Workshop