Le Denier Cri
The theme of the first iteration of Sound Development City (SDC) is “The latest craze”. The German idiom for this phrase is der letzte Schrei, which literally means the last cry. The theme was chosen with the intention of probing and negotiating the notion of hype. From the introduction of SDC Book by Gesa Schneider (Project coordinator).
As a selected artist for SDC´s expeditions to Berlin, London and Zurich, Katharina Rohde developed several collaborative as well as solo pieces. Experimenting with sound in various ways (collecting, listening, recording and performing), the works investigated the perception of sounds under different circumstances (e.g. when blindfolded), explored routes one takes following just sound, re-appropriated spaces by overtaking surrounding sound and reflected the shattering effects of a constant hum (like the blabla) on one´s creativity.
Our culture is a visual culture. We are led by images more than by sounds. Our cities are full of sounds that we can hardly distinguish. The general hum drowns out the detail. We often escape the urban soundscape by putting on headphones and going into a sound bubble.
You are now standing outside. Can you hear people on the other side of the street? In a moment you will start your sound expedition. What happens when you really listen to the sounds of the city? Try to walk toward noise, away from noise. Follow a noise, walk toward a place where you expect to have a listening experience. You may find yourself still following visual stimuli.
During the presentation in Berlin visitors were invited to be Sound Detectives. Equipped with MP3 Players and instructions people were sent outside to have a sonic experience.
In collaboration with Jana Burbach and Ariel Bustamante.
During the Sound Development City expeditions in Berlin, London and Zürich thoughts and ideas were produced non stop. Thoughts or ideas were for us the beginning of collaborative processes, where we started to connect, to discuss, to overlap, to develop, to reflect and to create. A collection of thoughts produced by SDC artists and visitors to the expeditions in the three cities was collected.
Concept: Katharina Rohde