A CITY SEARCHES FOR A MICROPHONE

interactive sound game (2015)

Follow your ears. A microphone transmits the sounds from a secret place on a certain radio-frequency and/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. 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 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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