Sound jams: transverse atlantis
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sound jam #3 // transverse atlantis
// 9 ~ 20-01-2023 // facilitated together with Naomi Jansen
This elective was a 2-week sound workshop, organised and facilitated by Naomi Jansen and me, Alexandra Nikolova (Ål Nik). With this class, we wanted to create space for students to experiment with sound for their research and artistic practice. We planned and developed the workshop together, where Naomi worked on creating the workshops and activities of experimentation during the first week and i developed the process of collective creation of sound publication during the second week.
During the elective R m for Sooound, we collectively explored sound as a concept and a research and publishing medium. Through various group and individual exercises, we gave room to ways in which sound can be produced, experienced and transformed. The elective took place at WdKA, in which we had our own space to work in and with. The focus did not lie on the technical aspects of sound production, but on the conceptual and poetic questions that can be asked when using sound in any art practice. For example: How could we translate an image to a sound and vice versa? How does our experience of sound differ per person? And what is the sound of ? Next to giving room to sound, the focus of this elective was also on collectivity. In the first week this meant that through various exercises and workshops, we were continuously interpreting, repeating and transforming sounds that we produced. In the second week, the collection of sounds of week one formed the basis of working towards a collective sound publication. The elective was based on the WDKA project Room for Sound. An artist in residency for students and staff, in which in exchange for the Room, residents have to record and upload a sound a day. This can range from an in depth talk about their work to a short observational soundscape.
[about] Sound is something that we share, either when communicating with each other or as an omnipresent element in our daily life. However, we often take it for granted. Sound can be experienced in many different ways and can take various forms on itself or in relation to different media. Therefore, when you give room to it, sound can become an extension or essential part of any art practice. In this elective we worked towards producing a collective sound publication (which could take any form, for example an installation, performance or album). This publication was be a combination of individual experiments and collective works, made during the two weeks.
week 1 - experiments // process facilitated by Naomi
The first week is exploration week. The students are invited to play with sound in various exercises and discover they way they approach sound; and what part does it take in their research and artistic practice. Each day has a theme and invitation - to listen, to collect, to translate, to play, to resonate.
_outcome: publication - booklet by Naomi
week 2 - sound publication making // process facilitated by Alex
After reflecting on all of their experiments during the first week, the students were brainstorming on what are the themes that bring them together. Then, the week followed the collective sound publication making process, described below:
_outcome: sound installation + sound publication by the makers
a collective sound publication making
The process of making the sound publication is taking place in the second week of the workshop. The students were invited to create concept of their collective piece (editorial setup), divide into smaller groups to create contributions (day 1 and 2) and then to split into care-takers groups to finalise the different elements of the sound publication among themselves (day 3 and 4). Finally, on day 5 the whole group experiences the final outcome.
This process is based on XPUB's 18th special issue concept - Radio Implicancies, facilitated by Femke Snelting. During the weekly releases, we reflected on reads and topics addressing various social challenges and produced sound-based publications as a group. Each week we divided in small groups - contributions teams to make the sounds and a care-taker group (of 2-3 students) to make the final release. For this sound jam, the students decided they wanted to do a sound installation at the back stairs of the WH building. In addition, the experience to be documented and an audio mix to be published afterwards.
With this sound jam, the process was visualised in a more detailed way by me. I introduced the structure in a different way: already organised for the bachelor students: the contributions making phase was clearly divided by the care-taking phase and everyone in the group took a role in both of the phases. During the contrubutions phase, the participants create the editorial setup as a whole group and then split in smaller teams to produce the audio files. This phase took 2 days (working time 10:00-16:00 h). Then, all of them got back into the whole group and listened to the sounds. They took notes on where the creations fit into the editorial setup and structure. Afterwards, they split again in smaller groups - named "care-taking groups". For this part, I came up with the idea to create 5 groups, so everyone on the whole team has a role here too:
The bachelor students from Willem de Kooning Academy who joined the class were: Surud Arif, Lan Dao, Manan Gadhia, Jette Klaver, Nati Lebedeva, Franciszek Michon, Shilen Mujicic, Ero Petraki, Gustavs Skenders, Arnoldas Sliuzevicius, Can Toksoy, Marie Veldhuizen, Joris Voeten, Luna Vreeburg, Jarmo Willering, Marius de Witte, Iga Wojak, Alma Zijderveldt
▶ audio-mixing (4 students)
-get all the contribution audio files -edit them into one audio mix -export the audio mix -provide it to the Publishing, Hosting & Documentation care-takers
▶ hosting (5 students)
-create space for the whole group to listen & experience the sound publication -prepare the space: technical setup, physical space design and organisation, environment for listening/experiencing the sound -find a way to present the other care-taker groups’ work to the whole group
▶ publishing (3 students)
-get how everyone wants their name to be written -decide how to publish the audio mix -write down an introduction/description of the whole publication -create an image -publish it -bonus: they can also interview the contributors about their works, intentions etc.
▶ time-keeping (1 student)
-make sure the process goes smooth -make sure everything is happening on time and everyone is meeting the deadlines -check on how people are doing -help them organise meet-ups when needed
▶ documentation (3 students)
-document the whole process (take photos, videos, illustrations, audio recordings, interviews etc.) -organise the visuals, written materials and sounds in MS teams folders -make sure to collect the final outcomes that are published, but also work-in-progress pieces; quotes from the makers and anything else that is part of the process