Workshop | Urban Sound Mapping Practices. Analysing the city through cartographic listening
19-20.02.2020 | 14:00-18:00
In this two-day workshop, we will consider how to map urban spaces, and their transformation, through sound. The workshop will introduce numerous examples of sound map projects to be found around the world, including interactive web-based maps based on field recording, and graphical approaches to acoustic cartography. We will consider the kinds of knowledge that sound maps can represent, and how audio narratives are embedded within the map interface. As part of the workshop, we will consider how to design a sound map, how to develop a critical and creative approach to representing urban space through sound. You don't need any special prior knowledge – just an interest and a willingness to listen and experiment. If you have a sound recorder, please bring it with you!
Conor McCafferty is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and works across sound, documentary and urban studies. He holds a BSc degree in Music Technology (2008) and in 2019 he completed a doctorate in Sonic Arts and Architecture from Queen's University Belfast (QUB). His doctoral thesis explored the topic of "Urban Sound Mapping in Sound Art and Built Environment Practice" and included a survey of more than 100 sound maps internationally, as well as fieldwork in Northern Ireland and Sweden. Conor is presently based at the School of Arts, English and Languages at QUB, where he works as Project Manager on the oral history documentary project, the Prisons Memory Archive. He is also involved in several other history and documentary projects on architectural practice, urban transformation and the local experience of urban development, including a podcast series, The Infinite City (2018-ongoing) and the feature-length documentary film Drawing on Life (2012). Conor has led workshops with architects and planners, students and international visitors on the subject of sound mapping and urbanism.
Project FCT "Sounds of Tourism" (PTDC/ART-PER/32417/2017)