mapping sounds in Tallinn


The Sound Map of Tallinn project involves the research and production of a guide to the city of Tallinn from an auditory perspective. Working as an interdisciplinary group (Anthropologists, Architects, Urbanists, Artists), the initial phase involves researching the sonic qualities of the urban environment including its spaces, flows, characteristics and cultural life. We will be asking if a city has its own sound and if so, what defines this sound and how does this shape its identity?

The second phase will be to translate our research data and transform it into a visual language that reads as a map. This map, with its symbols, diagrams and text, must act as a guide to both the permanent inhabitant and the casual visitor, who will hear the city in a new way by tuning in and listening with open ears. The final form will be printed and distributed freely during the event of the Tallinn 2011 European Capital of Culture.

The Sound Map of Tallinn is being conducted in the frame of Tuned City, a platform which proposes an examination of the relations between architecture and sound. The project draws the traditions of critical discussion about urban space within the architecture and urban planning discourse, as well as its strategies and working methods, into the context of sound art.

Below is a gallery of images from the Sound Map Visualization workshop weekend held at MoKS and was led by Andreas Töpfer and Carsten Stabenow.

projected partners and sponsors: MoKS, Tuned City, Tallinn 2011 foundation, Dept of Social and Cultural Anthropology Tallinn University, Eesti Kultuurkapital

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