Acoustic Commons Exhibition, 08-09/10/22

AC Streambox Image – Sam Baraitser Smith

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Acoustic Commons Exhibition 
Location: ESAAix and neighboring locations in Aix en Provence
Online: Live audio streams from open microphones at
Dates: Sat 8th / Sun 9th October 2022 – Public Programme

Acoustic Commons is a collaboration between sound art organisations (CONA, Full of Noises, Locus Sonus & Soundcamp) & a range of associate partners, each with close links to a specific site of cultural or natural heritage value. The project draws upon and develops those links, through a range of creative and technical approaches and innovative ways to engage with audiences and places.

About the Exhibition
During October, the partners will collaborate on a public ‘Exhibition of Sounds’ in Aix, produced by Locus Sonus and presenting work created over the course of the project as well as talks, presentations and site-derived installations and performances. The exhibition takes place in venues in and around the art school as well as presenting works along sections of the GR2013 trail in partnership with Bureau des Guides and the students and faculty of ESAAIX.

The exhibition includes:

  • New artworks, compositions, installations, talks and performances produced by the partners during the project lifespan.
  • New live audio streams established during the project and contextual materials.
  • A colloquium featuring contributions from partners in Slovenia, UK and Japan (Cyberforest) plus invited guests.
  • A new publication created by students, faculty and visiting artists documenting their walk along the GR2013 with Bureau des Guides.


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Sat 8th & Sun 9th October
Installations in and around ESAAIX, Rue Emile Tavan
Saturday 10:00 – 21:00 / Sunday 11:00 – 20:00 – Free entry
Public Works – PITCH (Jardin du Pavillon Vendôme : 13 rue de la Molle – 32, rue Célony)
Ludmila Postel – New Atlantis, Video Game Installation (Le Petit Duc)
Sacha Rey – ​​Le vernis des pare chocs compose des forêts d’eau, Short film (Le Petit Duc)
Tim Shaw – Radio Installation
Julian Weaver – Nearly Present Sound installation
Listening Hub with works including: Boštjan Perovšek – Sound is a journey of Memory, Manja Ristić – The Sonic Ontology of Negligence, Manja Ristić – Slip between them almost, Brane Zorman: Metal Pole woodpecker

Saturday 8th October
Public Walk – A circular walk from Gare de Aix TGV to Bassin du Realtor
Meet at 9:30, Gare Aix TGV “Arrivals”, returning for 16:00:
Including soundwalks and performances:
Beeplip (Ida Hiršenfeldfer) – Remembering a Tree
Blanc Sceol, Margarida Mendes – River Listening
Sena Karahan – Sound Walk: Acoustic Palimpsest
Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman – SandBox
Tim Shaw – Ambulation
Hanna Tuulikki – Solo vocal improvisation responding to the acoustic ecology of Bassin du Realtor

Book Signing, ESAAIX mediateque 17:00 17:30
Elena Biserna – Walking from Scores

Evening Concert at Théâtre Nô, 18:00 – 20:00 – Free entry
ErikM et Stephane Cousot – Zome
Esther Salmona – Thalweg
Natalie Sharp – SPUME
Sunday 9th October
Talks at Le Petit Duc Theatre – Free entry
11:00 – 12:30 – Streamtime: Cyberforest, CONA, Locus Sonus, Soundcamp, 
‘Land to Return, Land to Care’ (Ukraine) + more
14:00 – 15:30 – Rivertalk: Bureau de Guides, Blanc Sceol, RL Wilson, Project Archipel + more
16:00 – 17:30 – Streamspaces: Ludmila Postel, Hugo, Grégoire Lauvin, Pitch (Public Works) + more
11:00 – 17:30 – Installation: New Atlantis
Mobile projects

Radio Zai is a local webradio run by students and faculty from ESA-Aix. During the Acoustic Commons event Zai is dedicating its programme to related content in the form of live streaming and podcasts – some of which will be recorded and edited by students in situ in a mobile studio.

Fanzine and Mobile print workshop – During its three year programme, Acousticommons has produced an edition of “fanzines”. For the final event we are extending this concept to involve students from ESA Aix and the general public. The Fanzine will be produced on the fly, as we go along in a mobile print studio.

Image: Streambox by Sam Baraitser Smith

Acoustic Commons is a Small Cooperation Project supported in part by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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