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Listening to Baishizhou (白石洲尋聲) (2016)

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Collaborate with Handshake 302, Future+ to explore the Baishizhou with soundwalk. The workshop program begins with an hour-long tour to collect sounds and a 1.5 hour sound workshop with resident artist Zhang Mengtai. Meet-up at Baishizhou Metro Exit A.

Time: 14:00

Date: 2016. 8. 13

Location: Baishizhou subway station Exit A, Shenzhen

 

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The soundwalk map, Handshake 302, 2016

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Soundwalk in process, 2016

‘ All the sounds we hear are imperfect. For a sound to be totally free of onset distortion, it would have to have been initiated before our lifetime. If it were also continued after our death so that we knew no interruption in it, then we could comprehend it as being perfect. But a sound initiated before our birth, continued unabated and unchanging throughout our lifetime and extended beyond our death, would be perceived by us as—silence. ‘
-Murray Schafer, ‘The Tuning of the World’, 1977

A soundwalk is focus on listen of the surrendering environment. The term was first used by members who involves World Soundscape Project leaded by Murray Schafer in 1970s, transformed the radical environmentalist ideology emerged into auditory appearance. He carried out follow connect that a sonic environment based concern about ‘polluted’ nature of the soundscape of era. Barry Truax describes sound as a mediator between listener and the environment, he claimed that ‘ecology is the study of the relationship between individuals and communities and their environment. Sound, or acoustic ecology is thus a study of the effects of the acoustic environment, or landscape, on the physical responses or behavioral characteristics of those living within it. Its particular aim is to draw attention to imbalances which may have unhealthy or inimical effects.’ There are rights to human, and the right to the city, but is there any right to the sound?  As well as the right of sound or voice by individual in the public space?

The daily moving and behaviors in the public spaces shaped our memories of the city. The bored would associate everyday and some specific experience in time or place produced from module and schedule in modern labors life. From the occupation of labor time in the modern factory, to the expand of bureaucratic management, the features of modern life in the city seems repeated, various of institutions and technique of control. The time of standardization only appears as standard in a place to become established regime.

I involved a workshop about soundwalk with Handshake 302 (白石洲尋聲). The participants are invited to record and verbalize what they got from the walking. Initially, there is rule to keep silence. However, once the rule be broken there would be always much to share, the unique experiences and focuses. Participants may have extant intimate knowledge of the site, since there is series of sensitive topics about ‘reconstruction of urban villages’, which give feels of a place not only in the mind, but also the one’s muscles and bones.

In such approach that offers a nuanced engagement with art and everyday life. Sounds are site-specific, real-time, and narratively implied spatiotemporal world of the actions and characters. The best way is take participants to street.

深圳市城市设计促进中心:

“声音、气味、画面……你有没有调动过你的感官来认真体验你身边的城市?如果只用耳朵、眼睛、鼻子中的一个,你会进入到怎样的世界?设计与生活12“感观城中村”系列活动正在进行中,欢迎各界朋友和我们一起玩耍!

城市肌理是一种更为丰富的存在

张凯琴:平时,当我们谈到城市化、谈到城市建设的时候,更多的是一种视觉上的肌理,但是通过今天的沉默之旅我们发现,其实城市的肌理是一种包括了听觉的、味觉的、更为丰富的存在。当我们不说话,开始尝试用耳朵来感受空间的时候你会发现,这些声音的发生有它的偶然性,但似乎又有它的必然。在菜场的时候我录到了一个小朋友,他妈妈在揍他,在我住的小区也会有这样的声音,然而它们发生的方式和地点是完全不一样的。菜摊是那位母亲工作的地方,同时也是她的孩子玩耍的地方,因为孩子的过分顽皮而受到了母亲的教训。这段录音反映的是在这样一个特定的场所空间里特定人群的一种生存状态,这真的是一个很难得也很奇妙的体验。
马立安:我们用了一个小时的沉默来发现其实我们更愿意倾听彼此,也发现我们慢下来了,这与视觉是两种完全不同的感受。如果我们闭上眼睛,一下子空间就会变的很大,当你睁开双眼,你的视觉、你的思维就有了一个方向,你的心就随着这个方向而跃动。今天这个活动的意义,第一点就在于让我们回到当下,让我们认识到“当下“的边界不单由视觉所决定的。人的每一种知觉都可以带给我们不一样的空间体验,这些独特的空间体验对于我们每个人来说都是非常重要的。

声音是来自日常生活的质问

张孟泰:想要去聆听的话,首先要 自己保持沉默,只有这样才能听到外界正在发生的事情,这种方法叫做“主动聆听”。当我们走在街上,常常会不自觉地过滤掉周围的一些声音,似乎对当下发生的事很不以为然,这属于另一种聆听的方法,叫做被动聆听。这个时候你并不知晓外界到底在发生些什么,但这些声音确实从你身边经过了。

我在白石洲闲逛,录下一些市井的声音,然后我还花了一周的时间,从大街小巷楼宇的背后捡来这么几只破旧的小板凳。我把共振喇叭镶嵌在这些小板凳上,如你所见,这些“垃圾”就变成了喇叭的扩音器。

汽车喇叭的声音、街道的叫卖、小巷子的宁静,风声,雨声,通过“行走录音”得到的市井之声与从白石洲捡来的弃置品相结合。这些平淡无奇、日常而琐碎的声音仿佛在向聆听者发起质问——听到了什么?心底在想些什么?

城中村是一个“脏乱差”远不能概括的当下

马立安:我们生活在一个城市里,但我们并不知道这个城市是什么。我们说深圳应该是高大上,而城中村是这样脏乱差的时候,其实我们并没有就深圳某个具体的地点来进行判断,只不过是说我心里有这样一个概念——我认为的“高大上”是什么。当我们的“认为”与现实发生冲突时,我们就开始找理由来辩解,意在说明所有的问题都是因为具象的城市发生了错误。

体会过的城市和概念性的城市,你认同哪一个?

马立安:我们所体会的城市和我们概念中的城市其实是有所出入的,这就需要我们做一个价值观的判断,你认同哪一个城市?是认同概念中的城市还是你体会过的城市呢?这一点是非常重要的,我自己的感受是,你认同体会过的城市的时候,你会发现你是可以同它发生感情的,而如果你只是认同一个概念性的东西,就会容易心浮气躁。这次的白石洲寻声就是想要邀请大家重新去认识我们的城市,去想一想它的价值到底是什么。我们到底需要一个怎样的城市?我们要怎么做才能让城市变得更加可爱?让我们从聆听开始去思考这些问题吧,比如,听到虫鸟飞鸣,会想到不要随便砍伐树木,听到小朋友们嬉笑玩闹,会思考该为他们设计怎样的城市,这些都是我们从聆听中所获得的启发。

-摘自深圳市城市设计促进中心推文

Link: http://chuansong.me/n/520154642178

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Untitled, found objects and resonance speakers, 2016

 

 

 

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