Bergen Invocation: A Sonic Reworking
Drawing on traditions of psychogeography, improvised noise performance, soundscape research, DIY technologies and public making practices, we will create a performable installation that offers an imaginative remapping of Bergen. We will work in collaboration with workshop attendees making recordings and conducting rituals in sites selected for their geological and historical salience, or in how they reveal the actuality of contemporary patterns of production, consumption, dominance and spectacle, or anticipate utopian or dystopian potentialities.
Inexpensive self-made technologies for environmental sensing and sonification and parodies of fitness tracking devices, amongst other simple ‘makes’, will accompany our walks to sites and our rituals there. Microcontroller-based algorithmic sound file playback and amplification devices will be created as part of a sculptural mapping of the body of materials collected, alongside the use of open source media programming languages for ‘alchemical’ sonic manipulations and recombinations.
A series of performance actions both in the city and in Piksel venues, in which all workshop contributors are invited to participate, will take place making use of the materials collected and the technologies built.
Overall, in the course of three days, we intend to research in, experiment with, and sonically rework the city: quod est in sono est sicut quod est in posse.