Along the itinerary, the boarded teams will set up different types of art display systems questioning the identity of the traversed spaces as well as the borders separating the cities.

These Sound Bridges will be defined according to the context: reaching over when two cities face each other (Giurghiu-RO-Ruse-BG), translating and interpreting along the river (Novi Sad-Vukovar ; Mons-Antwerp), and sometimes initiating a dialogue between cities related to the Rhine or the Danube (Lille-Sulina-RO, Mons-Ruse-BG, Antwerp-Belgrade, etc).

These exchanges rest on display systems of various sizes: dynamic installations using sound streams in real time such as Le Poulpe (CIA - Apo 33), networked concerts like the Placard and the Rhine-Danube performances, sound projections including the sound cruises panoramas or the Sound Drop musings, turning cityscapes into listening spaces.

The sum of these experiences can then produce one or several Creative workshops. They will change our perception of the cities and will hopefully, and sometimes involuntarily, trigger a dialogue between distant locations, separated by several hundred kilometres.



    The Rhine-Danube lives offer a mixed selection of works from the resident and local artists from the Rhine and Danube areas. Organised simultaneously in both locations and on either riverbanks, they will switch from in-situ live session and remote broadcast of a live session (sounds and & video). (see EVENTS)


    THE “PLACARD” (Eric Minkkinen – France)

    The «Placard Headphone Festival» is a particular way of diffusing performances via headphones thus immersing the audience in a state of concentration, akin to that of a musician, and creating an intimate atmosphere. To the present day, about a hundred of these festivals, each lasting for some 24hours, have taken place in various cities. The festival operates as an open desk, and each venue organises in an autonomous manner the conditions for welcoming the performances. The participants are free to register as part of the schedule. The «host» venues and the performers register on the Festival’s website and therefore organise their own Placard. Each festival is transmitted as a stream on the Internet. A series of «Rhine-Danube» Placards is likely to take place. They could be organised following the principle of a network created between two cities located on the Rhine and Danube itineraries.


    LE POULPE (Apo 33 et Jean-Philippe Roux – France)

    Le POULPE (The Octopus) is a multiple axes system: a local network of de recording/broadcast devices linked to a territory (a town or city) that can be diffused in a random and automated way. Each branch of this local sound network forms an installation, implanted in a location that records the sound effects generated by the activity of the given location to send them to a local digital device before simultaneously broadcasting them on the spot and as an Internet stream. Inside the many tentacles of the ‘Octopus’ a special type of recording is activated (ambience from a district, sound of social and material architecture, etc.) linked to a type of diffusion the local people can listen to (either in situ or on the radio). It spreads its tentacles to link together living areas and contexts, swapping their sonic fluxes via the Internet, entering and altering these environments. This meta-sculpture built from heterogeneous modules is questioning, from an artistic point of view, the singularity of an aesthetic form: each branch or installation is a single unit covering a territory (a location / a city) and projecting the latter towards a remote space-time (another location / another city). The whole thing is suggested visually via a mesh of entangled cables, sound sensors, microphones, speakers and machines. The set up and organisation into space, the visual aspect (colour, light), just like the selection of fluxes and recording points are all meaningful aesthetic choices.

    As part of European Sound Delta, two interconnected local networks will be activated: one in Mons (Citysonics Festival), and one in Giurghiu-Ruse (Rumania - Bulgaria). The purpose will be to bring together different approaches of sound forms and territories within a similar technical set up constraint. These installations could also be used to convey networked performances.

    Apo 33 - CIA short bio

    The CIA (Cellule d’Intervention d’APO33) is an experimental creative sound group based in Nantes-F that operates through the creation of web-radios, constructing servers and collaborative platforms networks. The CIA mainly uses radio as its field of activity and as a tool for expression of its intervention. Its purpose rests on appropriating the technical knowledge of tools in order to reinvent them, while reflecting on the symbolism at stake through these practices in society and politics. The mission of this activist art group is to challenge situations and contexts in which they operate. As part of its intervention for ESD, the CIA will collaborate with the artist Jean-Philippe Roux (CS3), also head of the Pure Présence label. (http://cs3.free.fr/purepresence/fr/...)



    An urban sound itinerary played through the headphones of an audio-guide device, usually found in Museums – with uploaded sequences created by a dozen artists, from sounds recorded in the Goutte d’Or area, in Paris- a geographical map and specific pointers – signs and arrows-. Sound Drop has been designed as an outdoor radio. It involves editing and hybridizing processes: through sound, it projects one location onto another, transforms the perception of spaces and introduces fiction into reality: the city is being haunted by the sonic ghost of another identity, another territory…

    Developed in the last 3 years by Collectif MU, the project was first presented at the Goutte d’Or-Paris (as part of the Nuit Blanche 2005). The sound pieces were created from direct recordings made by several guest sound artists in residence in the cosmopolitan area: There several waves of successive immigrations have formed a unique cultural ground gathering some 40 nationalities. Sound Drop has then been reshaped in various formats in order to be included in many different events: Urban Strolls at the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris - 2006), Sous La Plage Festival (Paris - 2006), Paris Quartier d’Eté Festival (2007), and Sibiu-Luxembourg European Capitals of Culture (2007). Each migration is augmented with new sound creations from the Goutte d’Or area and a collective reflection upon the invested location.

    Within EUROPEAN SOUND DELTA, Sound Drop will be organised as a series of itineraries in the traversed European cities. It will keep the same soundtrack revealed on the occasion of a first itinerary designed in Mons for the Citysonics festival. In each following city, this composition of a dozen sound pieces will interact with new spaces to carve a path through an unknown territory….


    PANORAMIC LISTENING (MU & Guest Artists)

    Two types of programmes will be available on these inner city boat trips lasting from 2h to a whole night: listening sessions and live performances. The pieces played there will be sound works created according to specific landscapes and backgrounds but it will also be an opportunity to trigger real encounters between the audience and the artists. These events will also be broadcast live on the radio thank to the transmission of MU Studio-Boat. The inner spaces of these sightseeing boats will also be designed as a «lounge» space, enabling each member of the audience to chose their listening position (sitting, standing, lying down). During night trips, the projectors aboard will be modulated (intensity, colour, direction, velocity) to match the diffused sound sequences. An artificial fog coming out of a professional smoke machine used in films can possibly enhance the whole set up. These simple set design elements will help utterly transform the perception of the urban spaces that will vary in tune with the succession of sonic ambiences and weather fluctuations. Sound cruises could take place in Rotterdam and Vienna as well as in Strasbourg.



    During the whole of the European Sound Delta project, a listening lounge designed as a transmission point for the project will be installed in Paris (Main Hall of the Centre Musical Barbara, Goutte d’OR – Paris 18e or Point Ephémère – Paris 10e and in Lille (Colysée in Lambersart). This space will host a video diptych matched to the same soundtrack (the project’s own web radio); it will remain accessible all along the European Crossing. Vincent Voillat (visual artist and design director of Collectif MU) will be in charge of these set designs.



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