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EAH Exhibition

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Contents and design

The European Acoustic Heritage exhibition aims to show some aspects related to the research carried out during the last two years by the project team and to transfer all the knowledge gathered to the general public. Through different sound installations it covers both general issues about European acoustic memory and more specific subjects linked with a water soundscapes case study. The European Acoustic Heritage exhibition makes available a significative part of the sound and material in a comprehensive way.

It has been designed as a traveling and growing exhibition, a work in progress integrating specific projects developed by each partner and it has been itinerated in Tampere, Grenoble, Brussels, Volos and Santiago de Compostela

The main three installations of the exhibition, the European Soundscape TV, the European Soundscape Map and the Water Sound Map consist of an iPad placed in a cardboard stand and an image projected over a box wall. Its main purpose is to show online contents generated during the development of the project, such as video interviews, soundscapes or field recordings.

The public can only interact individually with each of the installations by standing in front of one of the stands to play with its iPad. On the contrary, each sound system can be either a couple of speakers, allowing a larger audience to listen while somebody plays, or a pair of headphones, creating a more intimate and attentive listening. This decision can also be made depending on the acoustics of the space, although the installations were designed to create interesting sound interferences in combination.

  • Soundscape TV

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    This interactive installation shows the European Soundscape TV, an online TV channel created during the European Acoustic Heritage project, to contain all interviews about everyday soundscapes and acoustic heritage in Europe, conducted in the course of the research phase of the project.
    http://tv.europeanacousticheritage.eu/

  • Soundscape Map

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    This interactive Installation shows the European Soundscape Map, an online cartography that provides access to over 1,200 recordings from different sound maps already available in the Internet, created during the European Acoustic Heritage project to promote other soundscape projects already existing around all Europe.
    http://map.europeanacousticheritage.eu/

  • Water Sound Map

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    This interactive Installation shows the Water Sound Map, a thematic online cartography created during the European Acoustic Heritage project, as a case study of remarkable
    european sounds related to water, like drops, oceans, fountains, storms, rain, swimming pools…
    http://map.europeanacousticheritage.eu/watermap/

An interactive Listening Point consisting of an ipad placed in a cardboard stand and a 4.1 sound system its also part of the exhibition. This piece was designed as an interface to listen to and remix different recordings, while playing around sound spatialization (the virtual location of sounds in the space by using a particular sound distribution through several speakers).

As the previous installations the public can only interact individually with the Listening Point by standing in front of the stand to play with its iPad. In this case, the installation must always be amplified, because it can not work with headphones.

  • Listening Point

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    This interactive Installation shows ten pieces selected from the Water Soundscape Composition Contest, an open call for professional and amateur composers or sound artists to create compositions reflecting on soundscapes involving water in Europe, that was organised in august 2012 as part of the European Acoustic Heritage project.
    http://europeanacousticheritage.eu/contest/

Another complementary part of the exhibition are two displays designed to show specific works and corporate information of the European Acoustic Heritage partners. This two displays consist of an iPad placed in a cardboard stand and a pair of headphones like the previous installations, but its content is not interactive.

Finally, some different educational and pedagogical activities, such as workshops, or lectures, are usually held during each EAH exhibition setup to complement it. One of the main pedagogical activities design for people of all ages is a collaborative soundmap based on stickers and onomatopoeia that encourages people to reflect and debate on their own home city environmental sounds.

  • Collaborative Sticker Soundmap

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    This installation has been designed to trigger a playful situation for children and grown ups that gives the opportunity to discuss and learn about several important aspects relating sound and acoustic heritage. It consist in a printed map that invites people to create a collaborative sound cartography of the city that holds the exhibition, by marking any local place that has a typical or interesting sonority.

    In order to mark the chosen spots in the map, people are provided with special stickers containing different graphic onomatopoeia designed by several illustrators and artist based on a scientific classification of sound. People can also be encouraged to create their own representations of sound if they can’t find any sticker that fits their place or sound. After soundscape listening sessions during special occasions or workshops, the stickers can also be used to create visual scores of the experience as a complementary pedagogical activity of the exhibition.
    http://europeanacousticheritage.eu/2013/04/pedagogical-activities-2/
    http://europeanacousticheritage.eu/paisaxe-sonora/

Setup and requirements

European Acoustic Heritage exhibition has been designed to be modular and adaptable to very different spaces and situations. All equipment is provided by the European Acoustic Heritage project, except the cardboard boxes, that are bought in situ to create projection walls and exhibition furnishing, so the exhibition has few minimal requirements; all installations must be plugged in and, most of them, need internet connection.

A space with a good wireless network or an Internet socket to create one, is the most essential requirement for the European Acoustic Heritage exhibition. Additionally, having an easy access to power, by being able to use several different sockets distributed along the space, makes easier to set up in a clean and nice way, avoiding too much wiring. Finally it is also necessary to have, at least, one person taking care of the exhibition during all its length to help visitors and watch over the equipment.

The setup takes between 2 or 3 full days depending on the opening hours of the exhibition place and the size of the technical team. The person taking care of the exhibition should help setting it up, because it’s the better moment to train him or her, explain how to switch on and of the installations and advice about any possible technical problems to confront.

  • Soundscape TV – Equipment inventory

    Interface: iPad + Projection

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, headphones or speakers + mini-jack stereo / double jack mono 3 meters length wire, HDMI video projector + iPad HDMI adapter + HDMI cable.

    Requirements: Projection Surface (box panel), wireless Internet connection, power plug for the iPad charger.

  • Soundscape Map – Equipment inventory

    Interface: iPad + Projection

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, headphones or speakers + mini-jack stereo / double jack mono 3 meters length wire, HDMI video projector + iPad HDMI adapter + HDMI cable.

    Requirements: Projection Surface (box panel), wireless Internet connection, power plug for the iPad charger.

  • Water Sound Map – Equipment inventory

    Interface: iPad + Projection

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, headphones or speakers + mini-jack stereo / double jack mono 3 meters length wire, HDMI video projector + iPad HDMI adapter + HDMI cable.

    Requirements: Projection Surface (box panel), wireless Internet connection, power plug for the iPad charger.

  • Listening Point – Equipment inventory

    Interface: IPad + 4.1 Sound System

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, Mac Mini + 10 meters length ethernet wire + white power cable, 4 white speakers Fostex + 1 black subwoofer Fostex + 6 jack mono wires 9 meters length, M-Audio interface + white Firewire 800-400 cable.

    Requirements: Wireless Internet connection, 7 power plug for the iPad the Mac Mini and the speakers.

  • CRESSON Video Presentation – Equipment inventory

    Interface: iPad

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, headphones.

    Requirements: Power plug for the iPad charger.

  • TAMK Video Presentation – Equipment inventory

    Interface: iPad

    Equipment provided by EAH: iPad, iPad stand/base, iPad charger + iPad dock USB cable, headphones.

    Requirements: Power plug for the iPad charger.

Exhibition itinerary

  • 19th – 27th September 2012, Tampere, Finland
    Galleria Nottbeck, Media 54, Finlaysonin alue

  • 21st – 31st January 2013, Grenoble, France
    Hall de la bibliothèque universitaire Droit-Lettres, 1130 avenue centrale – Domaine

  • 11th – 15th March 2013, Bruxelles, Belgique
    Fundación Galicia Europa, 38 DE LA LOI RUE

  • 29th March – 5th April 2013, Volos, Greece
    Achileo Theater, Iassonos street, VOLOS, Greece

  • 20th April – 3rd May 2013, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    AGADIC, Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Monte Gaiás s/n

Exhibition Design

Escoitar.org was in charge of the design of EAH Exhibition, the creation of all interactive instalattions and the set up of the exhibition during the itinerancy. Horacio González, Julio Gomez, Xoán Xil and Enrique Tomás took part on the team selected to makit possible.