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Some fragmentary words
transcribed from real-time replay of the miniDV record

workshop presentations, 3rd April 2004.

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-intensive listening walk exercises -

GROUP ACTIVITY - making contact/coil mics - sound pickup what we wouldnt hear with our ears - social contacts 1 - different publics using space - electromagnetic signals - exploration and curiosities - 1 unusual behaviours - ticket machines - flourescent lights - cells spaces - performative natures with hands waving in the air with microphones - moving slowly and quietly - 1 standing still on the platform, when everyone else is going from here to elsewhere

contentious installation

SIRPA - baggage - interviews - personal soundscape - content of peoples bags - intimate questions - public exposure - presented in a suitcase placed in the railway station - lasted 18 hrs not 3 days - call from station - reporting - signage - guards had taken down - panic notice - potentially bomb - fear of unknown - criminal charges - public space in railway station - private space in peoples bags - replaced and explained in kiasma contemporary art museum

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negotiations with railway station manager - framing as artwork - supportive - not grafitti - communication feedback not reached in time to get news of what was allowed and not

wordwall

sound culture inside bags to material culture inside bins

VICTOR - archaeology of rubbish - late 70s - garbology - societal processes - flows people thro station - bins - 1 redistribution - node of transition - in series of nodes - bodies moving in and out - locked bin - useless but pricess because it has no value - outwith of normal social processes - difficult to access - need authorised person to let you in - timed deposit importance - start - end - 6 hrs 35 mins - number of communication channels to reach right person who can let you in - the key is needed - deposition - flows going through - what throw away - flows of value - economic cycles - trains going in out - frameworks 1 1 - paper - food - tickets - travelled - most was 31 receipts for purchases - 1636 eus - traces of transactions - 1 1 when where - processes

IZOLDE - gathering of material culture has been mirrored by gathering of media culture - spatio-temporal moment - wide panoramas - in strange places - strange people - lost - waveforms - locate where i am , 1 what i am doing - technologies to avoid the feeling of panic - visual representation of temporality - looks like a sound wave - placed in scroll motion - images of memory - not all is clear or sharp -

movement through and round a defined space

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INARI - Forum tunnel - sounds in tunnel but also beyond - trams above - additional unreal sounds of birds - share with people - in performance - previously making ritual works - normally making sounds from body - amazing to invite others to listen - people want to walk fast when listening - not slow - disturbing for Inari - shoemaker says "definately this place" can recognise this place - jungle/bird noises added to soundscape

strange to listen to soundscape for walking with sitting still

OPHRA+IZOLDE+INARI+KIRIL - listening walk raised questions - what if we listen inside to feelings - and mapping outside on face - downstairs bathroom - main station hall with painted faces - permission to use two chairs - different configurations of people - 2.30 -> 3.00 (not after) very specific time - didnt do much - sat quietly - maybe quiet conversation - behaviour wasnt performative - just watching and sitting calmly - 1 interesting skill of locals to not see or hear - but with faces painted people were opened up - thumbs up - questions - as performer working with masks - look at world - eye contact with them - normally people dont have time to look at you, chat, have a conversation - important that we feel comfortable and others feel comfortable with us too - less we performed the more powerful it was - allowed you to look at each other for a long time

OPHRA+ANGELA+TEEMU - install in train-station as projection - interviewed people in station - low static video shot of feet, people walking past - 1 4 simple questions - where are you going - where are you coming from - what is the strongest memory - amsterdam - what is most interesting experience or memory - place to meet people - tampere - tampere - i came earlier this morning and going back - have you found any interesting object you have found here - today - just to city - toronto - efficiency - drink coffee sit all the day here - nothing special - most people who responded were foreigners - older generation over 35 was difficult to speak with us - most responces - i dont have any memorys - this is just a place i come - found a sandwitch - mediterrean came to speak with them - come here this is where it is interesting - where people sit all day - close up of feet on station hall floor - postcards with questions to hand out to people - close ups of details in the building - one finnish older guy didnt speak english - he was drunk - he had interesting memory of when a train came through the wall - lotta has a picture of the train..

LOTTA+SARA+MIKE - process started by getting hold of history book of railway station - from station library - archaeology of soundscape - as if sounds were still present - 10 locations - refering to images in book - deep map of locations - 10 x 1 minute texts - photos from mobile - together in website - main entrance start - 1 mike speaking telling story he wrote plus images of contemporary locations - central hall - restraunt - ticket office - platform - during presentation a different way - historical sepia tone photos - conjouring sounds heard into written words spoken aloud - reconstructing a stratigraphy of sound - combining facts of events in history at the site and observations of what is there..

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words of the announcer - modified the soundtrack of the platforms - introducing departures and arrivals - regional train announcements in finnish, swedish, english - but also add somali - 1hr - complexities of negotiation -

ANNIKA+INARI many somalis living in helsinki - why not announcements in somali also? -

NOOR - made announcement - experience - really exciting - 1st time to make a public announcement - first time in helsinki - not easy - last few announcements were good - as a somali - couldnt imagine that i am doing this - great and historical - can you give an example? - announce the oulu train - was anyone observing what their reaction was? - so nice to go round and tell people in advance - why dont they announce the espoo train as many somalis live there - not realising when an announcement would come and go - awareness - in announcement booth told not allowed to film -

claim own space in railway station - negotiations to do that - talking with railway station - when could do things when not, where yes no - appropriate spaces - dont do anything gives impression that you can do what you like - marking space, graffiti - territorialising space was problematic -

BEN+SARA+MARGOT - after listening walk - social boundaries and borders - eat some soup - bought scissors and tape - initial mockup of creating boundaries - pathways using tape - learn by doing - 1 act of putting tape down - more attention than when space was completed - 1 woman asked - common pathways - i am really interested in how people walk - i am going to create my own space - i am going to create my own house - 1 encouraging reactions - building a place to do some work - green security men arrived - 1 looking at us standing - questioning us - figuring out what was going on - they wanted to know how sticky the tape was - we said we talked to the manager - but manager called sophea - breaking their rules - worried tape gets caught in cleaning machine - unravelling mystery of why something is not allowed and creating comprimises - tracing the path with a video of own feet - teenage girls were into the path - and then those who werent engaged at all - main flow of people through main hall from escalator - levels of engagement - eye would catch the curves - discount it or double take - inhabiting the spaces - negotiations with people in station - cultural studies and geography - hegomonies that control spaces - everyone looking for rationality for doing this - it is ok if it is an art project - reason to discount it - strange behaviour - but still thumbs up still from outside the boundaries the box - big black cable for restoration work - oh no - cable has dimensionality you could trip over it - but tape didnt - dog came and pee'd on the border - territory marker - owner was desperate to clean it up -

some of activities included spending lots of time inhabiting station - interacting the way people moved - doing performance in that space - but actually how people were already performing in space - gestures - talking on mobile phone - 1 1

confusing order of presentations - sorry kiril -

PALLI+SARA+PETE - developing different tools that contain location information - video with GPS coordinates - superimposed on video in real-time - pure data - video objects - interested in relation of camera movement and location - moving coordinates of where you are at that time - supplemented by positioning information - + video + image - oncoming genre - automatically position you - pan and tilt - physical movement - palli got enthused - i have been working on it for 12 hours - comparison to timestamp on video recorder - use coordinates of locations to see that position is changing - can be used to confuse - looks like same place but different places - see the difference in numbers - being on location reinterpreted - video test experiment - doesnt have to be as complicated as it looks - two open laptops with ethernet cable walking around - moving around looking for satellites - a vacation joke - tech talk follows -

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another way of annotating in space - a piece of chalk -

PETE - i did a drawing outside helsinki station but doesnt exist now - extension of work past in london - situated in office - worked with wifi boundary - also outside ICA - GPS screen drawn on ground outside main door - global positions of shadows and taxi signs - over time like sundial - emotive - video documentation of the chalk shadow drawing - made a plan in advance - drawing round people talking - between pillars - artificial boundaries - car skid - big van parked - guy waited before he drove away - did he have ownership before he left - people accept accuracy of longitude-latitude - precise but fixing emphemaral things - positioning emphemaral boundaries - finished documentation - 2 cameras - split screen - parallel - mulitple viewpoints - unusual perspective of space - more aware of moving - moving presence in relation to positioning or identity - devices talk among themselves -

KIRIL - 6 locations - places - objects - short statement for each object - 1 garbage bin - chash machine - timetable - different lifes different locative aspects - related to people - homeless people looking in bin - or better situated people going to cash machines - travellers looking a timetable - philosophical - everyday life - most important notions - visual relation of people with text - all placards were removed -

emotive or psychological relations to places -

WILFRID - software for landscapes - finding solutions to imaginary problems - landscape poetry - wordsworth - writes about every flowers - emotional reaction to daffodil - can be jealous of that - pyschogeographical - making us listen look smell - thinking about space - writing helps us think but first reading - walking helps us think - pacing back and forward - walk to be able to think - imperative for thinking - latest - artificial intelligence - deep blue - chess play - map brain cognitive structures on to a computer - software for landscape - deep walk - big as a sugar cube - location aware - wordsworth - long walks - generated walk - enriched - poetics -

JODI - different expectations - communication - networks in ralwaiy station area - didnt hear anything in it that can relate to - but made binaural recording - inside your head - sat on platform 9 - muse - wandered around - started writing - introduced to mobile phone and aware moblog - communication & isolation - hearing people around me - how do you connect with people - lasting impressions and connections - 1 1 1 i think about you all the time - i will think about you all the time - read in finnish even though i dont speak the language - translating made feel good - wishlist - online database - problem reading text messages in finnish - laughs - cute couple kissing - do you mind if i take a picture of you? -

 

thats all the work in progress