Transfer within a Soundmap

In his essay ”The Metropolis and Mental life” written in 1903, Georg Simmel states that the “metropolitan individuality” living in big cities, has to process a excess of information. With the metropolis demanding responses so violently, it becomes clear that selective perception is a consequentially protective measure.

Based on that, Milica Jojevic from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, created an installation named “Transfer”. The assignment was to create something analogue and mix it with something digital, so she came to the final format of a tape art city – soundmap.

A sound-map is one way, not to protect metropolitan individuals, but to conduct their sensual perception, which enables the user to get to know his city in a playful approach, to train his auditive perception and to decelerate our daily rush. This seems important in a time where everything becomes faster which stresses people and the city as a HOME loses significance.

When exploring a city people tend to plan everything instead of strolling around. And when strolling around, people do not choose to do it by following auditive phenomena, which can be quite fun. So, Milica recorded sounds in Warsaw and Dortmund to make a Soundmap. The taped city was a morph between Dortmund and Warsaw. This was symbolically for the friendly exchange between the two art schools, which took place when she was there.

For the final stage, which took place in Dortmund in June, she taped kind of an explosion that represented the auditive distortion in cities. The touch points with the recordings from Warsaw and Dortmund were placed on some of the tape strings, to visualise how it sounds when you concentrate and extract sounds from the background noise.

The purpose of the auditive sound-map is to decelerate, to remind you of the diversity of your home, the value it bares and to do so in a playful way, not using “only” eyes but as well your hearing. It is an installation against sound pollution. Nevertheless, it is accessible for a wide range of people: young, old and blind. Unfortunately, it excludes deaf people.

To power up her project, Milica used the Touch Board and Electric Paint along with other materials and she decided to continue with the following ideas of creating a sound-map as a timetable for buses and trains in real stations, and also as a learning system within the house for people with learning difficulties, people with visual impairment and people with hearing loss.

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Photo credits: Milica Jojevic