The city is a diverse and complex environment, unable to be perceived in its totality, only by the eye. Through walking, an omnipresent, ephemeral presence is following us; the invisible medium of sound. We suggest a different kind of experience. A new pair of headphones, amplifying the existing sounds of the city. Both irritating and pleasant sounds, orienting us towards the place we want to be.

Ismini Christakopoulou, Athanasios Farangas, Vienna, Austria

In the era of restless activity, relentless productivity and unprecedented speed, it is essential to stop and listen the world around us in order to respond to the imperative for change that can be heard beneath the surface noise of our present existence.
The city is a diverse and complex environment, unable to be perceived in its totality, only by the eye. Smartphones connected with headphones “nailed” to our heads is our daily reality, highlighting the lack of connection with our surroundings (both people and environment). Through walking, however, an omnipresent, ephemeral, three-dimensional, dynamic, boundless, presence is following us; the invisible medium of sound. We suggest a different kind of experience. A new pair of headphones, amplifying the existing sounds of the city. Both irritating and pleasant sounds, orienting us towards the place we want to be. An augmented reality of now. A boost of the aural continuity of our culture.
This project negotiates the role and the power of the medium of sound, not only as a concrete phenomenon that is spatially distributed but as a nature that can be experienced across great distances, exhibiting immerse variability through its diverse material and environmental properties, having an important, active role on information exchange and orientation to our surroundings, as been formulated by the soundscape.
Concentrating on the phenomenological perspective of acoustic ecology and the ways in which the sonic environment (or ‘soundscape’) shapes our experiences ahead with the environmental phenomenology that has been built upon the philosophical foundations laid by Martin Heidegger, in which it is supported that the radically individualistic and anthropocentric values of the modern world are clearly highlighted via the undermining of the dominant view of environment as material and commodity, this essay explores the interdependence between human experience, understanding and the surrounding, opening up new ventures for comprehending the socio-ecological hybrid in which we locate ourselves.
The goal of this piece of garment- jewellery is to contribute to the popularization of the concept of sound in order to convey a sense of place, or raise questions about the relationship between place (locality), identity and environment, perceiving it as an integral component of both natural and built environment, provoking the development of greater sensitivity to one’s surroundings, uncovering the beauty and complexity of the familiar.

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Ismini Christakopoulou, Athanasios Farangas, Vienna, Austria

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