The Warsaw edition of SoC-CoS is focused on contemporary sound ecology. The decision to undertake this particular subject leads us to the Castle's location near Łazienkowska Road, the dynamic urban spaces of Plac Zbawiciela (Savior Square) and Marszałkowska Street, as well as the tranquil surroundings of the Royal Route and Łazienki Park. Sound ecology is a relatively new field of artistic expression, research, and urban planning - developing since the 1970s, the concept of soundscape stresses the importance of clarity and diversity of the sound environment in human life. The task of the artists and researchers, who are residing in Warsaw between 2015–2016 for a four month creative residence, is to undertake actions in public space, with the goal being to arouse an interest in city sounds in the residents of Jazdów and other districts of the capital. The tasks belonging to the SoC-CoS residents also include the exchange of experiences with the other A-I-R residents, local researchers, and sound artists. "Opening the ears" of city dwellers translates into their everyday sound practices, and long-term, into changes in the sound environment, aiming to make the soundscape of Warsaw more aesthetic and friendly (both for humans and for other species of "listeners" living in the capital).
Video: Wioleta Wnorowska, Courtesy of Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw