Manual project

Manual operates as a platform for developing process-oriented and relational practices, focusing on forms of collaboration and public dialogue.

How to foster collaborative investigations involving the energies and dynamics of urban spaces?

Manual functions as a blend of workshop and staging, on-site research and open-ended exchange.



Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection - Oslo


Siri Austeen - hum of the tram
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec - virtual mirror / reality soundtrack
Brandon LaBelle - diary of a stranger
Jana Winderen - noise and imagination
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl aka å+k - bike circuit



Manual for the construction of a sound explores auditory experience as means for social cooperation and environmental investigation. Bringing together a working group of artists, the project uses sound as a tool for considering public space, and functions as a site-specific field study of Oslo, involving locational research, artistic presentation, performative actions and public discussion. The project highlights auditory experience as an important locational and social material, to question how sounds of everyday life generate forms of commonality and how the dynamics of listening inform particular types of artistic intervention. Exploring such themes, the project manifests in process-oriented actions and events developed by each artist, and using specific locations in the city.

Including the Swedish collaborative duo Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl (aka å+k), whose projects are based on forms of story-telling and sharing, the American artist Brandon LaBelle, working with urban networks and distributed sonic narratives, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec from Holland/Slovenia, investigating questions of architectural space and forms of transmission, and Norwegian artists Jana Winderen, uncovering hidden sources of sound through blind field recording, and Siri Austeen, exploring concrete sounds and the act of listening.

Organized by Brandon LaBelle and Jana Winderen
Produced by Atelier Nord / Support from Norsk Kulturråd

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