Sound Development City 2013 was an artistic expedition that started on September 23rd in Lisboa and ended on October 9th in Marseille. 13 selected artists working with sound, music, performance and in other cultural fields developed 9 projects, based on the expedition's theme „Dancing Partners“, while experiencing and reviving urban spaces.
The Sound Development City 2013 participants and projects were:
The participants documented the expedition and the progress of the projects by posting sounds, images, texts and thoughts on this site. Also, there were podcasts by the artists from our Sound Development City radiobus.
Sound Development City 2013 Documentation
The nine art projects are represented in an own booklet each, while a tenth booklet shows the general framework of the expedition. Selected images, logbook entries and excerpts of the Radio Bus interviews make the working process and the progress of the expedition in Lisboa and Marseille tangible.
Sound Development City 2013 was the second „artistic summer expedition“. After having visited London, Berlin and Zurich in 2012, the 2013 edition brought 13 international artists together on an expedition to Lisboa, Marseille and a jouney in between. From September 23rd until October 9th, artists from Austria, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA engaged in the fields of sound, music, performance and urban spaces brought 9 artistic projects to life.
The journey between the cities was undertaken individually. It was a journey that took the artist from one city to another on various routes and by many means of transportation. This transitional phase marked a shift within the expedition. The previous working process had to be adjusted to a new setting.
The artists had been chosen from over 200 applications based on their project proposals. The jury consisted of Muda Mathis (Basel), Christine Bouvier (Marseille), Manuel Henriques (Lisboa), Martin Heller (Zürich, Heller Enterprises) and Gabriel Bachmann (Zürich, Sound Development).
The expedition was based on the theme „Dancing Partners“, which served both as a metaphor and an instruction to the participants. Which artistic methods can set something in motion? How can the city be used as working material and as a stage? What do the two Southern European harbor cities of Lisboa and Marseille have in common, and where do artistic strategies have to be adjusted in order to create resonance in a specific urban space?
The two cities Lisboa and Marseille were to be perceived as a three-fold: as realm of experience, work material and playground at the same time. What audible and palpable sounds do the cities bear? What kind of perceptions and feelings do they inspire? And how can specific social, aesthetic, political and economic phenomena be expressed and reflected upon with artistic means?
As cities with commercial trade ports, both have played a strategic role in the discovery of new territories – and in their colonization. Since the end of colonialism in the 1960s, both Lisboa and Marseille have been confronted with social and economic tensions, as well as negative demographics, both of which have peaked during the current financial crisis. This year, the cities are in focus for being European Capital of Culture (Marseille) and for holding the Architecture Triennale (Lisboa), of which Sound Development City 2013 was an associated project.
The artists worked in and interacted with Lisboa and Marseille realizing their own projects. The cities were explored on the search for work material, they were stages and open spaces. The participants formed an expedition group and a network, reflected on each other’s work and triggered new thoughts.
The expedition and the working progress was documented in several ways. The Sound Development City team produced a 30 minute radio transmission with every artist from the expedition’s mothership, the Radio Bus. The radio transmissions were broadcasted daily on Lisboa’s „Radio Zero“ and they were made available as podcasts.
Finally, this logbook website developed by Astrom/Zimmer allowed the artists to post texts, thoughts, images, sketches, sound snippets, sound pieces and videos to a collective expedition diary through their personal websites, blogs and social media channels. Thus, a collaborative expedition logbook was created that allowed an interested audience to follow the projects’ progress and experience the expedition.
-Gesa Schneider & Andalus, Project Directors
Sound Development City is a project by Sound Development that enables a close exchange between a group of artists from the areas of sound, music, performance and other cultural fields. In the course of a summer expedition, selected artists experience and revive urban spaces.
With the project Sound Development City,Sound Development enables a close exchange between artists of various backgrounds. The project was initiated in 2012 with a first expedition to London, Berlin and Zurich. Sound Development City is financed by Sound Development and put into practice in co-production with Heller Enterprises.
Through the experimental format of Sound Development City, Sound Development aims to give artists the opportunity to realize trans-disciplinary projects. For Sound Development, personal encounters and collaborative work play a key role in developing new ideas – away from academic or institutional settings, Sound Development offers open space to let the unexpected happen and encourage a «culture in the open».
Sound Development is an independent an privately funded platform which has been launched by Nia Schmidheiny in 2002.
«BREAKING NEW PATHS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUND AND MUSIC BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE WHO WORK AWAY FROM THE MAINSTREAM»