Kunstneraksjon / artist demonstration in Norway today against culture cuts


Seminar 19 November, KHIB

Trond Lossius presenting his recent projects within a staff research seminar at KHIB. As the Re:place project draws to a close, the focus shifts to presentation, discussion and reflection. Questions and comments from colleagues attending the seminar encourage us to think that there are many more strands of our research that can be further developed in future. 

Mulheim, in the Ruhr region of Germany. Closed-down shops, a common sight in many cities

Field recordings at the edges of the city, where natural sounds and urban sounds merge

Projection of the soundscape video recordings at Kino Kino

Experiments in the anechoic chamber at Haukeland Hospital in Bergen


In Hemingway's Garden

Exhibition at Kabuso, Øystese, by photographer Heli Rekula. She travelled to Florida to visit the Ernest Hemingway house and made a series of photographs of his garden reflected in the swimming pool. These images are combined with archive materials that she has collected. A very special sense of place emerges in this work, where the history of the site and its contemporary representation merge together and create a resonance that absorbs the viewer. The exhibition will move to Oslo Kunstforening in January 2014.


Society of The Spectacle (again)

Guy Debord's Society of The Spectacle is about to be republished in English. An article in The Guardian by Will Self discusses its continued relevance and the heritage of situationism


Re:placing the cinematic - audio recordings

Sound files from the speakers at the Re:placing the Cinematic conference at Atelier Nord ANX in Oslo are now online. Follow this link:



CFP, Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship, 27th & 28th March, 2014, Limerick, Ireland

In this interdisciplinary conference, we explore the intersection of soundscapes and acoustic ecology studies (Murray Schafer 1977; Truax 1978) with urban, applied ethnomusicology's focus on human subjects (Hemetek and Reyes 2007; Jurková 2012) and with sociological understandings of the cultural restructuring of urban space (Fainstein and Campbell, 2011; LeGates 2011; Bridge and Watson 2010), through an evocation of 'critical citizenship' (Nell et al, 2012).

We would particularly welcome individual papers (20 mins + 10 mins for questions) or panel presentations (90 minutes) that address the following questions:

  • Where is the individual located in urban (soundscape) studies?
  • How do the sounds of a city shape human experience?
  • What role does sound play in the cultural restructuring of urban space?
  • Might soundscape projects be part of urban regeneration and renewal and if so, in what ways?
  • How can we create/capture urban soundscapes and what motivates us to do so?
  • How might the relationship between the city and the individual be reframed sonically?
  • What critical potentials are unleashed in applied soundscape work? 
  • Are soundscapes mere reflections of acoustic and other realities, or might they construct pathways for greater interaction between cities and their people?
  • What are contemporary methodological challenges in representing urban soundscapes?
  • What new technologies allow for the reimagining of applied soundscapes production and manipulation?
  • How can we productively bring together lessons from different disciplines in relation to urban, societal, cultural and acoustic ecologies in order to imagine a better, lived, urban experience?

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Ursula Hemetek, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Applied/Urban Ethnomusicology)
Dr. Giacomo Bottà, University of Helsinki (Urban Studies)
Peter Cusack, CRiSAP/University of the Arts, London (Sound Arts Practices)
Milena Droumeva, Simon Fraser University (Acoustic Ecology)

Please send your individual abstract of no more than 250 words, or a panel abstract of 350 words to LimerickSoundscapes@ul.ie

We also invite five-minute recording submissions for our dedicated listening space at the event.  Please send your sound file, associated picture, and a brief description to tony.langlois@mic.ul.ie

The deadline for receipt of individual and panel abstracts is Nov 14th.  Notifications will be sent by Nov 28th.

Programme committee:

Dr. Aileen Dillane, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
Dr. Tony Langlois, Dept. of Media, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
Dr. Martin Power, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.
Dr. Eoin. Devereux, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.
Dr. Mikael Fernström, Interaction Design Centre and Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick.
Dr. Colin Quigley, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

LimerickSoundscapes is an interdisciplinary research cluster that includes applied, urban, and media ethnomusicologists, sociologists, acousticians, and soundscapes composers, and is based at the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland.  This conference is funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.