Tuned City

Ancient Messene

1-3 JUN 2018
We usually look at a space in order to make sense of it. How would it be though, if we were to listen to it? Ancient Messene is transformed into an endless soundscape and is reintroduced to the public.
Tuned City is researching the relation between sound and space and presents artistic work and theoretical positions derived from critical preoccupations with sound in the context of urban and architectonic situations with particular emphasis on original approaches to the role of ’sound’ and ‘listening’. During the previous edition in Berlin (2008), Tallinn (2011) and Brussels (2013) Tuned City developed a series of formats with focused on lively site specific experience of theoretical questions in a mix of scientific lectures and demonstrations, artistic presentations and performances and location based installations. Nevertheless, Tuned City should not be understood as the attempt to "tune" the city in terms of improvement, it should be more seen in the sense of "tuning into the city" as a different way of understanding city by the means of sound.

The ancient Greek city underwent many changes in it’s appearance and conception. It’s image and the way in which it’s inhabitants perceived it was evaluated differently from the course of historic reflections. Some of the changes gave rise to quite different evaluations of the city’s proper function, and quite different definitions of what an ideal city was and should be - quite some of those assumptions may well apply to current uncertainties. Underneath the well preserved city structure of the ancient place it becomes very clear that it was Hippodamus greatest achievement: recognizing that urban planning was about more than engineering a functional city. It was about creating an environment that expressed and nurtured the ideals of its citizens.

In that sense Ancient Messene would be the ideal place to reflect about ‘city as a construct’ and explore the phenomenological aspects of space as well as social and political dimensions of the city. Tuned City is going to listen underneath the surface and in between the obvious findings. Ancient Messene will be transformed in to a vast platform for artistic production and presentation, discussion and intermediation of sound art and music in public spaces through a variety of formats in a direct interrelation with the local context and a vital exchange with a local and international audience.


Curated by: Carsten Stabenow
Co-curated by: Manolis Manousakis
Production Manager: Chara Mourla
Line Production: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos, Irilena Tsami

The activity is organised by Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the "Creative Europe Programme" of the European Union.

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