Łódź: An Urban Sound Ecology
Analysis of... finding creative responses to... the acoustic spaces and sound environments of Łódź
A collaborative project led by John Grzinich in cooperation with Muzeum Sztuki Łódź
April 1-10, 2012
Coordinated by Aleksandra Jach and Katarzyna Słoboda of MSL in the frame of Ekologie Miejskie
This project aims to understand the role that sound plays within the ecology of urban life, through a continuous series of analytical exercises and artistic interventions. Working with sound implies that all activities are context specific as sound is always intimately linked to space in which it occurs and the materials and actions from which it originates. The dimensions of these sonic possibilities are as varied as the architectural and social contexts of urban environments.
Some questions we aim to address are; How can we analyze and address the increasingly homogenized sounds of urban environments from traffic and other forms of urban "noise"? How can we creatively respond to the effect of urban noise on the loss of character or identity of a place? What are desirable sound environments? How can we establish new codes or behaviors that help shape our sound environments? How can we adapt or modify existing the architectural to develop new acoustic spaces? How can we identify unique or characteristic social patterns that help shape the sonic identity of a place? What role does technology play in this process, specifically newly available and more affordable digital recording technologies?