Space, Sound and the Improvisatory / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Space, Sound and the Improvisatory

Methods, Technologies and Theories for Improvising with Natural and Built Environments

Main programme | 19-21 OCT 2018
Parallel programme | 20-21 OCT 2018
Exhibition | 19-28 OCT 2018
All events will be held in English with no translation
Lectures, roundtables, performances and an exhibition at the Onassis Stegi and out in the city, focusing on the role of urban and rural-based sound art and other performance practices.
Free admission
The past fifty odd years have seen the creation, growth and proliferation of both technologically mediated and more direct creative approaches to using urban and natural sounds in art, broadly construed.  Whether it be in situ sound art pieces, live performances that make use of natural soundscapes, the integration of spatially specific sounds into compositions and performance, the development of sound walks and related practices, or the creation of technologies that employ or process environmental sounds, such creative fusions of sound and space (a fundamental form of cross-modal art), invite us to reconsider both the relationships and dependencies between the two, and often suggest novel ways of relating them.  How do such practices, particularly those making use of the power of digital technologies, suggest ways of improvising with space and time?  How does problematizing our normal interactions with space and sound suggest new configurations of social interactions, of political relations?

This conference – including lectures, roundtables, demonstrations, performances and an exhibition taking place at the Onassis Stegi and out in the city – will focus on the role of both urban and rural-based sound art and other performance practices (including music, dance and cross-art practices), with a focus on new digital technologies intended to use both sound and space in ways that enable users to improvise with and through our sonosphere and spatial environment.   We also hope to address questions concerning the cultural specificity of the use of digital tools in this area—how do issues of race, gender, class, nationality, sexual identity and so on affect the ways these issues are conceived of, and the ways technologies are developed and employed?  Among others, we will feature demonstrations of a number of soundwalk related apps developed around the world, and documentation and discussion of the Tuned City Project in Ancient Messene and the Soundscapes/Landscapes initiative of the Onassis Stegi and Medea Electronique.


Curated by: Eric Lewis, Christos Carras
Parallel programme curated by: Angeliki Poulou
Participants: Rani Al Rajji, Ludger Brümmer, Nikos Bubaris, Rebecca Caines, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Teresa Connors, John Drever, hd.kepler platform, Thodoris Dimitrakos/Jannis Kozatsas/Kostas Passas (Krisi-Biannual Scientific Review), Olivier Le Gal & Rodolphe Alexis (Collectif MU), Jesus Jara Lopez &  Patricia Dominguez Larrondo (Medialab-Prado), Úna Monaghan, Medea Electronique Art Collective, Gascia Ouzounian, Bill Psarras, George Samantas, Carsten Seiffarth, Carsten Stabenow, Ellen Waterman
In collaboration with: The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
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Supported by: E.Δ.Ω., Plato café

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“Urban Sound Art / Sound Art in Public Spaces”
Free Entrance | 10:00-22:00
Upper Stage | All events will be held in English with no translation
Click here for keynote speakers' abstracts and bios.
18:15 | Introduction
18:30 | Film Screening: "Soundscapes Landscapes' Soundwalks – Rhizomes I,II,III"
A Documentary by Medea Electronique
Watch the trailer here.
19:00 | Talks
Christos Carras: "Mediated Participation"
Rani Al Rajji: "Phonic Heimat"
Gascia Ouzounian: "Unplanning the Acoustic City: Sound Art in Post-War Beirut"
10:00-12:00 | Talks
Carsten Seiffarth: "bonn hoeren" | Sound Installation Art in Bonn since 2010
Bill Psarras: "Metaphors for walking; “Tuning” space, senses and imagination"
Nikos Bubaris: "Audio Walks and Intermediality"
Teresa Connors: "Creative coding in an Ecological Performativity Practice"
12:30-14:00 | Talks
Angeliki Poulou: "Soundwalking and Archiving: Convergences and Tensions"
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay: "Mise-en-sonore: Improvising with Space in Sound Art"
Carsten Stabenow: "What’s New in the City?: Improvisation as Curatorial Practice"
21:00-22:00 | Lecture-performance
Úna Monaghan: "Spaces to Improvise in Irish Traditional Music"
22:15-22:30 | Performance
Teresa Connors & Ellen Waterman: "Aspects of Trees"
16:30-18:00 | Talks
Rebecca Caines: "Improvised Remembering: Noise into Signal—a site-specific project in Wuhan, China"
John Drever: "The Role of Improvisation in Auraldiverse Soundwalking"
Ellen Waterman: "Klang-Opus á la fin de crépescule: Improvising Place and Space in the Cape Spear Project"
18:15-19:15 | Talks
Ludger Brümmer: "The influence of timbre on spatial perception"
George Samantas: "Site-specificity and the Cloud: improvising with the spatial, temporal, and digital perceptions of space"
19:30-20:00 | Round table / Wrap-up session
 PARALLEL PROGRAMME (soundwalks & talks)
“Rewriting the Text of the City”

All events will be held in English with no translation
Participation is free; soundwalks require a reservation via e-mail at the following address:

16:00-17:00 | “Astrorythmes”: A performative soundwalk by hd.kepler
Meeting point: Plato café (at 15:45), 61 Tripoleos st., Akadimia Platonos (opposite Plato's Academy Park)
18:00-19:30 | Creative teams meeting
Plato Café | 61 Tripoleos st., Akadimia Platonos
Participants: Thodoris Dimitrakos / Jannis Kozatsas / Costas Passas (Krisi Scientific Review), hd. kepler art & research platform (Eleni Riga - Florent Frizet), Medea Electronique art collective (Manolis Manousakis-Tim Ward)
9:30-10:30 | “Debating Athens”: A philosophical soundwalk by Thodoris Dimitrakos / Jannis Kozatsas / Costas Passas (Krisi Scientific Review)
Meeting Point: Association of Greek Archaeologists (at 9:15), 134 Ermou st.
11:00-12:00 | “Soundscapes Landscapes / Rhizome II / Gazi/Kerameikos/Metaxourgeio”: A soundwalk by Medea Electronique
Meeting Point:  E.Δ.Ω. Creative Workshops Space, 18 Profitou Daniil st., Kerameikos, Athens
Instructions for downloading the app. Click here

12.00-13.30 App designers round table
E.Δ.Ω. Creative Workshops Space, 18 Profitou Daniil st., Kerameikos, Athens
Participants: MU Collective (FR), MediaLab Prado (ES)
Moderated by: Gascia Ouzounian

19 - 28 Oct 2018

10:00 4th Floor Foyer
Free admission


Exhibition: Urban Sound Art / Sound Art in Public Spaces In the context of "Space, Sound and the Improvisatory"

20 - 21 Oct 2018

Outside the Onassis Stegi
Participation is free. Reservations should be emailed to and include the full name of the participant and a contact number.


Rewriting the text of the city Parallel programme in the context of "Space, Sound and the Improvisatory"

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