Right now my project Hur låter Vara – The Sound of Vara – is on show at the library in the town Vara. Vara is a country side town a bit more than an hour drive north east from Gothenburg.
The project has been going on since August 2013 and the exhibition ends the project. I have been working with various groups of various ages in Vara with listening excercises and collecting sound. The groups has been all from school-kids recording sounds from their school yard to farmers on the country side recording sounds from their neighbourhood and old and new tools.
The most interesting result from the project is the stories that the activity of talking about and collecting sounds started.
Last weekend I had sound bingo for kids at Konsthallen in Gothenburg. I played a sound from my collection of field-recordings and then they had to guess which image it belonged to. Candy for images in a row. It turned out it was equally difficult and fun for both kids and parents. I will most likely make a sound and visual representation bingo for adults in the future.
Just came back from a short tour with the project Hörlursriggen. Hörlursriggen is technically a portable set of 40 headphones and headphone amps. It is a possibility to set up a stage anywhere – without disturbing anyone. It is also a different way of experiencing sound – with others but still in your own space. I organized the tour with Kultur i Väst and we invited Joel Brindefalk, Sara Hallström, Johan Landgren, Lise-Lotte Norelius and myself to do music, soundscapes, poetry and performance for headphones.
During the last half a year I have been working with the project Unga:Älvstaden involving young people in the city planning process of what Gothenburg will be like in the future. Below is the movie with the documenation from the project.
Last Saturday my project Hörlursriggen was supporting Goto80 and Raquel Meyers with headphones at their performance Mind the volcano at Textival in Gothenburg. Hörlursriggen is a project where I (and others) set up concerts and happenings where the sound is played through 40 pairs of headphones. Right now we are planning a headphone tour in the fall 2012 with various invited artist. A video based on similar material as used in Mind the volcano can be found at chipflip.org.
During the winter I have been teaching at the course Augmented Bodies at the Interaction Design & Technologies Master programme at Chalmers University of Technology. Early March the students had their course presentations. They had worked on a quite free assignment on the theme of augmenting body or mind in different ways, resulting in conceptual explorations and working mockups. One interesting example is the Video Wall, a video conference set-up where a full-body video image and audio tried to create the experience of standing in front of some one that is not physically present. Another project (see photograph) used a camera and microphone on one helmet and video glasses and headphone on a second helmet to transfer the sight and vision of one person to another. The result was an exhilarating out of body experience, for example giving the impression of seeing yourself in third person, as if your physical body was an avatar in a computer game.