{kA}: Oblivious to Gravity
— Chambers for Space Inquiries

Documentation

The project’s state can be watched on this website. Here the currently beeing processed subprojects (buildings) are visualized and made audible. A part from that, information is provided about the selected cities and the characteristics of the buildings and critical reflections on the production process.

Besides, each building will be documented by a print publication collecting several material (audio, photo and text) on the whole production process. The first 2 documentations will be published in June 2012. You may order the issues at Chambers for Space Inquiries.

Two texts already appear in the accompanying series of publications for the buildings Wurzburg/Villa03 and Graz/Sauraugasse respectively. The Publication Murau/Alte Gerberei appears in autumn 2012.

The publications are available from the Chambers for Space Inquiries. (shop@kavs.cc).


The following types of documentation will accompany the production process:

{ VIDEO / PHOTO }

A visual documentation of the project is also planned – from the initial point through to the phases of experimentation and composition and finally to recording. The documentation is not for providing a visualization of the finished work as much as it is for documenting and visually supporting the decisions that were made in the process and the experiences gained in order to create a kind of guideline for future buildings and problem solving situations, i.e. to record the experiences for future reference. A photo-documentation and catalog will be created for each building.

{ AUDIO }

In this context, the audio recording of the special sound-space setting is extremely important. For this, the purist assumption that the composition is so closely linked to the location that it cannot exist without the location, would be plausible. Of course that would mean any recording of the composition would be superfluous.

However, one could also use the given setting to make a recording and in turn, use it in another, independent project. During recording, interesting possibilities unfold for capturing the sound of the building or the sounds of the location and using them in a musical context.

After the initial phases of entering the building, surveying it, compiling the composition and the concert, there is one final step pertaining to picking up the sound setting of the location on microphones and recording it. Perspective variations are possible, for instance outside and inside, close, far, etc. and it is possible to cut the sources from their direct surroundings and put them on separate tracks. A further option would be a room mix on a common time axis. Further options are the aforementioned ambisonic recording for a speaker concert in the Cube or Mumuth or for broadcast on a binaural radio program. These are interesting possibilities because, while the finished product will have been composed and arranged, the fact that it was created in a different “sound setting” will mean it has its own characteristic atmosphere.

{ DISCUSSION / ANALYSIS }

At each selected location, it would be very beneficial to make contact with the local art scene, culture organizations and maybe even with universities for fine arts and music.
It would also make sense to offer workshops on building compositions and sight specific sound installation.

The recordings will be made available for public, comprehensive and interdisciplinary discussion about composition with regard to architectural aspects, ex. space, material, architectural arrangement, building usage. The outcome of this discussion could be used as inspiration for new ideas at other locations. It would be desirable to have professionals of certain fields participate in the discussion, such as architects, sociologists, city planners, composers and visual artists.