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


Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec - virtual mirror - sound

Virtual Mirror - "Sound" is a sound intervention, which listens to ambient sound of a specific interior or exterior space, analyses it, and then tries to imitate and emit that sound back into the space. The intervention provides the space with ears, which enable the architecture to actively listen to and then "consciously" rearticulate its own ambient sound. It is a process of a space digesting its own sound and then voicing it back into itself - a process of articulating awareness of its (space's) own presence.

Two people are listening to the small and quiet ambient sounds of Deichmanske library and are trying to imitate those sounds with their voices. They are moving around the library and focusing on the quietest of the sounds, which usually escape our attention, but are nevertheless present there. The buzz of neon lights, the sound of turning pages, the sound of somebody typing on the computer, door close - door open, an unidentified hum ... This intervention is a first experimental attempt, trying to consciously articulate ambient sounds of a public space.

Performed at Deichmanske Library Grunerløkka, September 19, 2009, with Agnes Hvizdalek and Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec .

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec - reality soundtrack

REALITY SOUNDTRACK is sound intervention in public spaces as post offices, passages, shopping malls, streets, … Sound carriers are people equipped with small radio receivers - 25 or more people, each one having 1 radio receiver. All these radio receivers transmit the same electronic composition, which is transmitted from a short range radio station, or even better, from an existing radio station. All the participants-carriers are walking together through parts of a city following given Intervention Map. The audible result of the action is a moving cloud of sound, which is traveling through a city.

The action took place in Oslo, on the evening of September 16, 2009.