The ‘Sound Map’ is a narrated audio route which, through its immersive and mobile format, offers an in-depth perspective of a location. Following a pre-recorded voice through headphones, audience members are guided through a particular place by the stories of those that came before them.
‘Pleasant and disarming.’
Inspired by artist Janet Cardiff’s audio walks and by the field of Inventive Sociology, the sound maps were developed as part of the sociological research: Mapping Telegraph Hill Park. Eight sound maps of Telegraph Hill Park were collected, recorded by research participants residing in the Telegraph Hill area.
With its many beautiful trees, its stunning view over London and its peaceful atmosphere, the park was acknowledged as a retreat into nature and a place to experience a personal sense of wellbeing. Alongside its individual significance, conflicting viewpoints also emerged surrounding the park’s various facilities, statues and memorials.
Divulging between the different layers of the personal and the collective, the sound map delicately revealed the inter-connectedness of beings in their daily crossings of bodies and minds. As memories of the past were mixed with observations of the present moment, the stories embedded in place were brought to life, continued and shared.
Concept: Beatrix Joyce
Collaborating artist: Niek Steegemans
Dissertation supervisor: Kat Jungnickel
Bartholomew Joyce & Savina Casarin
Sound design: Jethro Cooke
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