Urban Sound Mapping Practices. Analysing the city through cartographic listening
Conor McCafferty (Queen’s University Belfast)
In this two-day workshop, we will consider how to map urban spaces, and their transformation, through sound. The workshop will introduce numerous examples of sound map projects to be found around the world, including interactive web-based maps based on field recording, and graphical approaches to acoustic cartography. We will consider the kinds of knowledge that sound maps can represent, and how audio narratives are embedded within the map interface. As part of the workshop, we will consider how to design a sound map, how to develop a critical and creative approach to representing urban space through sound. You don’t need any special prior knowledge – just an interest and a willingness to listen and experiment. If you have a sound recorder, please bring it with you!
Conor McCafferty is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and works across sound, documentary and urban studies. He holds a BSc degree in Music Technology (2008) and in 2019 he completed a doctorate in Sonic Arts and Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). His doctoral thesis explored the topic of «Urban Sound Mapping in Sound Art and Built Environment Practice» and included a survey of more than 100 sound maps internationally, as well as fieldwork in Northern Ireland and Sweden. Conor is presently based at the School of Arts, English and Languages at QUB, where he works as Project Manager on the oral history documentary project, the Prisons Memory Archive. He is also involved in several other history and documentary projects on architectural practice, urban transformation and the local experience of urban development, including a podcast series, The Infinite City (2018-ongoing) and the feature-length documentary film Drawing on Life (2012). Conor has led workshops with architects and planners, students and international visitors on the subject of sound mapping and urbanism.
This activity was funded by the Portuguese Research Council (FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) through a SR&TD Project Grant (PTDC/ART-PER/32417/2017).
Programa de conteúdos
Day 1 – 19.02.2020
14-16h: Introduction: trends and developments in sound mapping practices; creative challenges and problems of urban sound mapping + discussion; themes to explore through urban sound mapping; brief/challenge + discussion;
16-18h: Field recording exercise
Day 2 – 20.02.2020
14-18h: listening, evaluation and selection of recordings; editing and developing cartographic narrative; reflection and close.
Quando | Onde
19 e 20 de Fevereiro de 2020
Centro de Inovação da Mouraria, Travessa dos Lagares, n. 1
Estudantes, jornalistas, artistas ou investigadores das artes e ciências sociais com vontade de incorporar o som aos seus trabalhos.
Formulário de inscrição aqui.
Data límite para inscribir-se: 15 de Fevereiro
Importante: O workshop será leccionado em inglês
A participação no workshop é gratuita, mas as vagas são limitadas a 20 lugares. Antes de fazer a inscrição, por favor tenha a certeza de que poderá participar nos dois dias da oficina.
*** A seleção dos participantes será feita pela equipa do projeto Sounds of Tourism e o formador. Os critérios de seleção terão de ver com a afinidade do perfil dos candidatos às objetivas do projeto, o background dos candidatos e o potencial para desenvolver futuras colaborações. Uma parte das vagas será disponibilizada para membros da equipa e colaboradores.