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A CITY SEARCHES
FOR A MICROPHONE

interactive sound game

Follow your ears.
A microphone transmits the sounds from a secret place on a certain radio-frequency or internet-stream. Equipped with a portable radio set or smartphone and headphones, the participants can track the sound source in the city and find the hidden microphone.

"A City Searches for a Microphone is an impressive project that produces immense complexity out of a simple principle. Employing nothing but the everyday sounds collected by a microphone, it draws the participants into a compelling interplay of long-term memory, cartographic interpolation, perceptual processes, physical labor, and public interaction."

(Jury Statement Prix Ars Electronica 2017)

The participants find themselves actively engaged with the work, echoing Huizinga’s Homo Ludens: forcing us to reflect on the important role games play in our social and cultural sphere.

The end result is a surprisingly creative use of the sonic environment. It is nothing less than the re-shaping and re-drawing of the urban map by simply participating: the urban landscape is expanded with the addition of a new layer.

The work not only remains a vibrant sound installation, but crosses successfully into everyday practice in the spirit of artistic public intervention.
(Jury Statement Prix Ars Electronica 2017)

A project by Studio for Sonic Architecture (Ludwig Berger and Alexander Pospischil)

Put into practice at Summaery (Weimar), lab.30 Festival (Augsburg, together with Mara-Lea Hohn)
and Leipziger Hoerspielsommer 2015 (Leipzig)

Excerpts from the search:

Augsburg (Gasometer Oberhausen)

Augsburg (Hotel-Tower parking deck)

Weimar (near Theaterplatz)

Leipzig (Klingerweg, near Elster river next to a leisure ground)

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