The cities of London, Bristol and Leeds have been selected to play host to this highly skilled group of practitioners.  The research developed will become part of a new archive of current practice in this field.

The programme has 36 participants from a range of disciplines within the arts, engineering, technology, architecture, planning and music; all of these participants agreeing to contribute their research to a wider understanding of the act of listening within urban environments.

See the Bristol particpants below:

Bridget Crone (Bristol)

Bridget Crone is a curator, writer and lecturer working in London and South West England. She is the Artistic Director of Media Art Bath – a publicly funded commissioning organization that champions contemporary art and ideas through the development of bold new work collaborating with artists and partners locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Bridget has lectured at colleges across the UK including at Chelsea School of Art and Design where she was a lecturer on the MA Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (2007-10), University of Kent, London Metropolitan University and Goldsmiths College, the University of London.

Bridget is interested in the expanded field of artists’ film and video – that is, work that engages with performance, installation, sound as well as film and video. Her curatorial work can be typified through its enquiry-based approach working through an engagement with ideas and practice. Examples of this practice can be found in her work such as the ongoing curatorial research projects, A theatre to address: a festival of textual form – concrete, material, scripted and performed (2010) and The Sensible Stage (2008-9), which each take a radically difference position from which to address ideas of affect, participation, staging and performance. Bridget commissioned the collaboration between New York-based composer, Andrew Byrne and artist, Tom Nicholson – Lines Towards Another Century, which has been performed by the Elysian Quartet in Bath, L’Arsenale contemporary music ensemble in Venice and exhibited as a sound installation at the Shanghai Biennale (2010). Other projects include Staging Sound and Staging Sound 2.0 in which the multifarious forms of sound production are explored within contemporary art and amateurism.

Carolyn Black (Bristol)

Carolyn Black

Having worked with the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust for over five years Carolyn recently made the decision to take what she had learnt there to other projects. Her first project for the forest was Reveal – commissioning video and sound artists for an after-dark event. Carolyn is presently working part-time for the University of Southampton, in the Institute of Sound & Vibration, supporting Luke Jerram to identify locations and develop the touring programme for Aeolus.

She has been initiating and delivering both temporary and permanent art projects in the public realm for over ten years. These range from scattered-site urban international exhibitions to substantial singular sculptures. Her work as a producer benefits from her experience of being both an artist and commissioner (her practise was primarily digital video and sound installations). Carolyn is now doing some freelance projects alongside the work on Aeolus, including working with David Behar-Perahia, whose first exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral included sound-works and performances that relate to the mathematical and acoustic rhythms of the building.

David Gunn (Bristol)

David Gunn

David Gunn is the founding director of multi-disciplinary creative organisation Incidental.

Often focusing upon found sound and salvaged narrative, Incidental’s work has a strong emphasis on techniques of widespread participation and in-depth fieldwork with communities to explore the construction of social space, collective memory and cultural identity. Outputs are diverse, including websites, software, participatory installations and music performances.

Projects include:

Acrux Variations: a live performance project featuring David Gunn and Luso-Angolan instrument-builder and musician Victor Gama, based upon the live resampling of Gama’s unique “acrux” instrument.

Echo Archive: a site-specific community project commissioned by Opera North, featuring the design and construction of a unique text-based music composition tool, allowing users to remix and transform recordings of their community to create their own compositions.

Neak Ta: a cultural development project based in Phnom Penh, exploring experimental approaches to cambodian music and art, in collaboration with Cambodian Living Arts and Java Arts.The project includes the creation of “Krom Monster”, an experimental electro-acoustic quintet.

Open Cities: a site-specific performance series featuring David alongside Brooklyn-based musician Guillermo E Brown, with each performance constructed entirely from audio and video recorded on location in the days prior to the show.

David Quinn (Bristol)

David Quinn

Qualified in mechanical engineering with over 30 years experience in the automotive industry, including 15 years in automotive consultancy in the field of Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH). Has lead vehicle and power-train NVH projects working for companies based in UK and Austria; providing solutions for customers including the majority of international automotive OEM’s. Specialising in the investigation of NVH concerns and the development of innovative and cost effective solutions. A pioneer in the application of active noise & vibration cancellation technologies within the automotive industry. Currently manager responsible for product development & research in NVH performance for Nissan products manufactured in Europe and Russia, with a special interest in advancing new methods in the area of Sound Quality engineering and advanced target setting.

Frances Crow (Bristol)

Frances Crow

Frances Crow is a qualified architect and partner of Liminal with sound artist and composer David Prior. Their work together focuses on exploring the relationship between sound and the environment and encompasses site specific installations and sound walks, gallery installations, performances, research and consultancy as well as sound design for exhibitions.

Liminal acted as lead artists on the Warwick Bar development in Birmingham’s East side and Lead Artists for the Cotswold Water Park 20 year strategic plan. Liminal headed up the sound design for the award winning Churchill Museum and have contributed to sound designs to a number of exhibitions in the UK and America.  Their 2007 sound walk Black Water Brown Water for the canal basins in Stourport, has subsequently been remixed for 8-channel concert diffusion and broadcast more than 20 times around the world.  In 2008, liminal coordinated the research project Tranquility is a State of Mind, in partnership with Sustrans – The sustainable transport charity and funded by The Wellcome Trust. The project brought together a cognitive neuroscientist, a clinical audiologist and two acousticians to explore the relationship between sound, health and the environment. Leading directly out of this research came liminal’s proposal for The Organ of Corti, which won the 2010 PRS Foundation New Music Award.

Following her training at Liverpool John Moore’s University and the Bartlett, University College London, Frances worked for a number of national and international architects, both in London and Berlin. Between 2002–2007 she worked as a part-time senior lecturer at Plymouth University in the School of Architecture and the i-dat research group. She started her own design practice in 2007, which concentrates on ecological solutions for small-scale projects. Her approach to the process of design is to work at a multi-sensory, micro scale and this preoccupation is continued through liminal by concentrating on the often-overlooked sense of hearing.

Gian Luca Amadei (Bristol)

Gian Luca Amadei

Gian Luca Amadei is the Product Editor at Blueprint magazine. After training in interior design and studying architecture history and theory at the Bartlett, he is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Amadei is also the author of the book: Discovering Women in Polish Design: Interviews & Conversations.

Ian Bentley (Bristol)

Ian Bentley

Ian is Emeritus Professor of Urban Design at the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University. He has a background in architecture, property development and urban regeneration, in the UK, Lebanon and the Netherlands. He was co-author of Dunroamin: the suburban semi and its enemies (Barrie and Jenkins, 1981), lead author of Responsive Environments: a manual for designers (Architectural Press, 1985), author of Urban Transformations: power, people and urban design, Routledge 1999) and co-author (with Georgia Butina Watson) of Identity by design (Elsevier, 2007). He is currently leading a team working on the production of EcoResponsive Environments (Elsevier, forthcoming). He has written many articles and lectured widely on urban design themes, and currently teaches at the Joint Centre for Urban Design; with special interests in multi-sensory urban experience, and in addressing the question “what kind of art is Urban Design?”

Jodie Marks (Bristol)

Jodie Marks

Jodie Marks is Programme Coordinator at the Architecture Centre, delivering exhibitions and events as part of the arts programme. She is also developing her own art practice, and is currently studying part-time at UWE for a BA (Hons) in Art and Visual Culture.

Juliet Jain (Bristol)

Juliet Jain

Dr Juliet Jain is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol.   Her academic background is in human geography and science and technology studies, and in her research she has applied social theories and methodologies to transport issues from how transport futures are produced to traveller practices.  A main research area has been the intersection of ICTs with everyday travel, including examining travel time use.    However, she is also interested the multi-sensory experience of travel, affect and embodied practices.  She has recently conducted ‘go-along’ interviews with cyclists, and wants to develop further research around the sensory experience of mundane walking (e.g. commute, suburban utility trips) and the development of sound or sense walks as methodological ‘interventions’ in affecting travel behaviour.

Raf Orlofsky (Bristol)

Raf Orlowski

Raf Orlowski is an acoustic consultant who specialises in the design of education, performing arts and public buildings/ He is a founder member of the Ramboll acoustics group in the UK and is a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

A strong interest in music research has led to the acoustic design of facilities such as the Music Research Centre at York University, the Centre for Music and Science at Cambridge University and the National Centre for Early Music. Design of performing arts facilities include the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings, the refurbishment of Wigmore Hall, the Elisabeth Murdoch Concert Hall in Melbourne, Australia and the Alsion Concert Hall in Denmark.

Steve Crawshaw (Bristol)

Steve Crawshaw

Steve Crawshaw is programme coordinator (Air Environment) at Bristol City Council. The main focus of his work is air quality management but he has worked on several projects related to noise in the urban environment.

Steve’s involvement in acoustics began in 2006 when he was drafted in to develop a noise map for Bristol as part of the SILENCE European research project. This was one of the first noise maps in the UK. He subsequently worked with partners in Bristol including Knowle West Media Centre on a project called Citizenscape to engage residents on environmental issues (traffic noise) using digital media and offline methods. A key outcome of this work was the “quiet places” map, which provides an innovative way of enabling residents to nominate quiet areas. This work was recognised by DEFRA, leading to a further research report to show how local authorities could nominate quiet places for protection under the Environmental Noise Directive. Steve is currently supporting a project called CityHUSH, which aims to test methods of reducing traffic noise in urban areas.

Steve is interested in digital media, open data, environmental science, politics and music.

Yvonne Buchheim (Bristol)

Yvonne Buchheim

Yvonne Buchheim is an artist and senior lecturer at the University of the West of England. In 2003 she began the Song Archive Project and it now includes over 900 songs from different countries where people perform a song of their choice in front of a video camera. This collection of song recordings is the source for art works ranging from site-specific video/sound installations to public events and collaborative projects taking place in museum spaces, galleries and in the public realm.

Recent solo exhibitions include Cheekwood Museum of the Art in Nashville (2008); an underwater sound installation at the Cardigan Swimming Pool in Wales (2009) and an exhibition and performance at the Lakeside theatre in the University of Essex (2010). In addition Yvonne has participated in group shows in the USA, India, Russia, Iceland and Europe with funding by the British Council, Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales.

Yvonne Buchheim has recently received the Stiwdio Safle Award for a Song Archive Project Publication (2011). In the book specialists from the fields of psychology, medicine, literature, philosophy and performing arts comment on the collection of amateur songs and the role of singing today.

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