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Augmented Spatiality. Sound Art and Public Space (Stockholm)

Augmented Spatiality

Augmented spatiality is a public sound art project for the suburb of Hökarängen in Stockholm in which the artworks, performances and other comprised events are integrated into the social and spatial processes taking place in the public sphere.

In 1980, the geographer and urban planner Edward Soja coined the term Spatiality to refer to the quality of the space that is inherently social. Having other terms in language related to the spatial, Soja invented this one to denote the space that was produced as a result of the social life. He reflected that way on the production and organization of the social space following the previous work on the topic by Henri Lefebvre.

On this basis Augmented Spatiality has been conceived as a public sound art project for the suburb of Hökarängen in Stockholm in which the artworks, performances and other comprised events are integrated into the social and spatial processes taking place in the public sphere. Addressing on the formation of social space in the city, the project aims to reflect on the ways in which public art and sound creation is assimilated or not by the networks operating in a specific place.

Augmented Spatiality has grown as a collaborative framework of artists, citizens, institutions and public structures in order that the project itself and its development may highlight the ongoing cultural, educational, economical and political events in this suburb of Stockholm. Different topics covering critical walks, gentrification processes, the idea of the local and variations in time of the soundscape and the landscape make of the project a ground of experimentation whose results will be experienced mainly through the listening sensitivity in Hökarängen, a suburb whose history and present time have additionally shaped the whole process.

The well-known sociologist Saskia Sassen asked herself: How could public space be created in the city through architecture and the practice of the citizens? The author proposes in her dissertation to work in modest spaces outside the heart of the cities; modest spaces that are open and are still permeable to differential processes of acting in the city development.

Augmented Spatiality takes place in Hökarängen, a district in Farsta borough, in the southern suburbs of Stockholm municipality. The most representative area of Hökarängen was designed in the 50’s by the Swedish architect David Helldén, influenced by new English ideas about neighbourhood units and community centres. The planning of the modern Hökarängen started in 1940 when an urban planning competition was announced, the so-called Gubbängs-investigation whose premise was a testing ground for the society of the future. Part of the planning that came up from these premises was the pedestrian street, Hökarängsplan, which was the first pedestrian street ever planned in Sweden and is one of the main venues for Augmented Spatiality project.

The project features:

INSTALLATIONS: Trond Lossius, Cecilia Jonsson, Ivan Argote, Jacek Smolicki.

EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES: Hong-Kai Wang, Gentrified Improvisation, Jacek Smolicki, Konsthall323, Playing the Space

LISTENING SECTION: Acoustic Mirror, Pablo Sanz, Katrinem, O+A, Peter Cusack, Anna Raimondo, Younes Baba-ali, Simohammed Fettaka, Mohamed Laouli, Edu Comelles, Juanjo Palacios, Chinowsky Garachana, Albert Murillo, Raúl Hinojosa

The listening section has been created/curated as a collaborative process. To start the process some artists were invited to start simultaneously 3 different columns (chains) for which they have contributed a piece, and have invited the following artist repeating the same step till reaching a fifth contributor. This process address the contextual sound creation linked to urban issues, social space and as well to political questions related to the listening. It aims at visualizing some of the networks and the different approaches operating when working this broad topic.

SEMINAR: ‘Sound Art and Public Space’ (Arkitekturmuseet)
Speakers: Barbara London (associate curator at MOMA), Ramon Parramon (director IDENSITAT project) and Sam Auinger (sound artist and theoretician)

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AGENDA
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30August
Opening
7pm: Oath of love. Hong-Kai Wang (Vävstolen, Pepparvägen 9a – Hőkarängen)

31 August
7pm: Mini-seminar from the trunk – Konsthall323 (outside Konsthall C)
8pm: Gentrified Improvisation – Pannrummet – Konsthall C (Cigarrvägen 14, Hőkarängen)

3 September
4-7pm: Seminar: Arkitekturmuseet
Sound Art and Public Space (Speakers: Barbara London, Sam Auinger, Ramón Parramón (Idensitat)

4 September
5pm: Playing the Space – Sound Walk. Workshop & performance – Main square, Hőkarängen

5 September
6pm Jacek Smolicki – Hőkarängen project. – Cigarrvägen13 – Hőkarängen
8pm – Listening section Konstapoteket Hőkarängen

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Curator: María Andueza
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http://augmented-spatiality.org/

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