Listening and re-producing the space between ‘Rathaus’ and ‘Schottentor’ via soundwalk and research

This Urban Laboratory puts a special focus on the investigation of the auditory space between the Rathaus and Schottentor. The main question that we would like to discuss and answer here is: How do pedestrians listen to and produce or construct their auditory space?

As an introduction, this Urban Lab will briefly speak about the visions of auditory spaces and ask questions about relationships being produced within them: Which visions of auditory spaces are being promoted and why? What kind of issues and whose voices are being silenced in the process and how are these discourses competing with, altering and being altered by other alternative discourses? How can these complex links be built between urban discourses, political economic aims and strategies as well as the approaches to the sensory and bodily experiences of the urban auditory spaces?

The Urban Laboratory includes a discussion with all participants, followed by field research on the acoustic situation of the space between ‘Rathaus’ and ‘Schottentor’. For this purpose, methodological tools will be prepared, such as listening questionnaires, activities for the group discussion as well as examples and case studies from sound artistic practices

Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Vienna City Hall
Guide: Anamarija Batista, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; Szilvia Kovács, Vienna University of Technology

Anamarija Batista studied art history at the University of Vienna and economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Currently she is working on her PhD thesis under the title “Sound Artists as Urban Planners – a Look at the Cooperation between Artistic and Urban Practices”, for which she has received a scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC-team) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and TU Vienna.

Szilvia Kovács is an economist and sociologist. She studied at Loránd Eötvös University in Budapest, István Széchenyi University in Győr and at the Technical University of Berlin. At the moment she is a PhD-student at the Vienna University of Technology, as a recipient of the Doc-team Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research focus lies on ‘The Artist as Urban Planner – A Social Science Research’

Photo Credit: Szilvia Kovács