Being Here, Tipografía Minerva, Viseu, Portugal, 2014

Excerpt from Situation 2, in front of the window looking onto Grão Vasco (please listen with headphones in order to hear the aproximation of the spatial diffusion)

Being Here / Estar aqui is a site-specific sound project created at the Tipografía Minerva da Beira en Viseu, Portugal. In a former printing works that is located in the center of the village, I created a listening experience for 6 persons from 3 different “points of hearing”: near the case of cast metal type pieces, close to the window, in the storage room. Many days of recordings and actions in the traditional printing works led to the creation of a singular and collective listening situation deeply embedded in the material, human, sound, spatial and affective experience of the place. In this project, I became really interested in the tension between a shared and collective listening (all together at the same time in a same location) and an individual one (with headphones). I multiplicated the interactions between the listeners, synchronizing sound events in order to accentuate their actuality.

 

Intervention in the frame of the international symposium Invisible Places (Sounding Cities) (curator: Raquel Castro). 6 headphones, 3 audio players, sound card, max/msp programming. Very special thanks to Antonio for his generous help, and to all who participated in the recordings. Photo: Julie Faubert, Cláudia Faro Santos et Raquel Castro.