Listening and Place Experiences was the title of the first edition of Ecos, a programming project for the city of Lisbon that aims to aggregate reflections, experiences and interventions around the relationship between two phenomena of listening and looking. Organized by Associação Cultural OSSO, in partnership with Lisbon Triennale, this project is presented in four weekends, with an interregnum of two months, through different dynamics, from debates, concerts, workshops, acoustic tours, radio open calls and film projection.
The first moment of presentation, on 12, 13 and 14 July 2013, is dedicated to listening, contemplating the debate around the way we listen and the influence of the sound landscape in our daily lives. Through a live broadcast with StressFM, it gathered 70 proposals from the radio open call, coordinated by Paulo Raposo; the screening of the films Listen (by David New) and The Conversation, by Francis Ford Coppola; a free entrance party at Sinel de Cordes Palace, with Dj Set by Tra$h Converters (Fernando Fadigas + Miguel Sá); an acoustic tour on the 25 de Abril Bridge with a talk by Raquel Castro and other guests, transmitted in live streaming; ending with a concert by Ernesto Rodrigues, Ricardo Guerreiro and Bertrand Gauguet at the National Pantheon.
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The second moment takes place on 19 and 22 September 2013 and is entitled Mapear, exploring sound. From the international radio call about the localism of Jennie Savage to the individual mapping of the city proposed by the collective Unlikely Places, through the intimate transformation of space by sound in the films of Manon de Boer, to the visit to the silence laboratory of the anechoic chamber guided by Professor Bento Coelho at Instituto Superior Técnico. Guest artists, scientists and the public have the opportunity to share their views and listen in a weekend with different scales and perspectives.
The programme covered a diversity of activities, including a workshop, the opening of sound installations entitled Intermission: Audio portraits of place - mapping the space between A and B (by Jennie Savage) and 366 sound daily project (by João Bento), as well as the screening of films Sylvia Kristel - Paris, Resonating Surfaces, Think about Wood, Think about Metal. Films by Manon de Boer; an acoustic visit to the Anechoic Chamber of the Signal Analysis and Processing Center of the Instituto Superior Técnico, a live radio conversation at Sinel de Cordes Palace with Sandy Gageiro, Diogo Alvim, Eduardo Patrício, Jennie Savage, Luís Cláudio Ribeiro and Rui Chaves, as well as the performance Come Across, by Unlikely Places with the unique participation of the workshop participants.
The year 2013 culminated with the last part of this programme, dedicated to the Place which took place between 28 November and 1 December 2013. It proposed to reflect on sound, and the way in which it is articulated with a notion of place that is understood as dynamic in its various dimensions: geographical, historical, social and cultural.
From the radio fiction around the 1755 Earthquake created by Rui Costa, Maile Colbert and Jeff Cain, to the "archaeological" proposal, photographic and sound, about the last person to inhabit the Sinel de Cordes Palace, by the artists Catarina Botelho and Helena Inverno, to the radio conversation with the journalist Sandy Gageiro, they all shared points of view and listening from different perspectives that we can have on Sound and Place.
Place, memory and time met at different moments, initiated by the concert Control and Unpredictability nº3 at the Tapada das Necessidades' Greenhouse, with Gustavo Costa, Alberto Lopes and Henrique Fernandes, the installation In Space That Separates Things, at Sinel de Cordes Palace, by Catarina Botelho and Helena Inverno, the acoustic tour Rádio Terramoto, on a route between Convento do Carmo and Terreiro do Paço, guided by Jeff Cain, Maile Colbert and Rui Costa; a radio conversation with Sandy Gageiro guiding guests from various areas; a concert in the temporary cafeteria of the Triennale 2013 (boi-cavalo) by André Gonçalves, author of the workshop Op-amps - The Work Horse of Analog Electronics and transmission of films by Chris Marker, La Jetée (1962) and Sans Soleil (1983). During the period of this third and last Ecos, Sinel de Cordes Palace is the stage for periodic broadcasts of What Does the Internet Sound Like? by StressFM live.