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public art, territory & social responsabilty / MILAN CONFERENCE

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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A La Triennale di Milano, in occasione di “Ermenegildo Zegna. 100 anni di Eccellenza. Dalla Fabbrica del Tessuto alla Fabbrica dello Stile”, mostra che celebra il centenario del Gruppo, la Fondazione Zegna ha organizzato “Alberto Garutti, Michelangelo Pistoletto. Arte pubblica, territorio e responsabilità sociale”.
Garutti e Pistoletto, protagonisti della conversazione, lavorano da molti anni sul rapporto tra arte e territorio; i due maestri, partendo dai rispettivi progetti realizzati per la Fondazione Zegna, si confrontano sui processi generativi di un’opera pubblica, sul suo delicato inserimento nel contesto sociale, sull’etica e la sensibilità con cui l’Artista deve agire per legare un lavoro al luogo e alla comunità che lo ospitano.
All’incontro, promosso dalla Fondazione Zegna, partecipano anche Andrea Zegna e Barbara Casavecchia – curatori del progetto ALL’APERTO, Fondazione Zegna –, e Judith Wielander, curatrice del progetto “Visible”, avviato da Cittadellarte in collaborazione con la Fondazione Zegna.
Modera Maria Luisa Frisa, giornalista, storico dell’arte e della moda e direttore del Corso di Laurea in Design della Moda presso lo IUAV di Venezia.

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RADIO APOREE – mapping sounds all over the world

July 21, 2010 1 comment

about the project

The project radio aporee ::: maps has started 2006. It connects sound and space in order to create a cartography which focusses solely on sound, open to the public as a collaborative project. It contains recordings from numerous urban, rural and natural environments, showing its audible complexity, as well as the different perceptions, practices and artistic perspectives related to sound, space and sense of place. (more about


how it works

find places

you can move the map with the mouse or the arrow keys at the upper left corner. with the slider or the mouse wheel you can zoom in & out. search + provides a basic interface to search for places, sounds, contributors or addresses. hit ::: maps for a search within the aporee database or google for an address search. the buttons on the upper right corner of the map let you choose between different map views. click places + for the most recent or all contributions to the project.

add recording

clicking the map opens a bubble window which lets you choose between upload soundfetch sound from URL or phone call. you will be asked for a title, your email address (see privacy statement), a short description and the date/time/timezone of the recording. the timezone should be set automatically, please check. if you choose to upload a sound, there’s a button for selecting the file from your hard drive, if you want to fetch an already existing recording from your website, give the full url to the file in the corresponding form field, including http:// at the beginning. in case of a phone call, only title and email are neccessary, the phone number will be sent to you by email.

  • the title should be an address or short term describing the recording, or both. this label shows up in the navigation bars. please keep it short and significant…
  • for uploads, the browse button opens a window to your hard drive. here you can select the soundfile to send to radio aporee. it must be an mp3 file, max. 25mbyte, 44.1 or 48khz sample rate, up to 320k bitrate. for best audio quality, we recommend bitrates of 256 or 320 kbit. please be patient while uploading, don’t hit reload or back on your browser until the site has returned. depending on your connection, this may take a while.
  • fetching sounds from an URL is usually very quick, since it happens between two servers. use this option if you have sounds already somewhere on the web.
  • calling into the system by phone works a bit different. once you have choosen the phone call option, an email will be sent to your address. it contains the (german) phone number of radio aporee and a code for identifying the place. a (german speaking) voice system will guide you through. it’s not clear yet if and how the phone / voice interface will be supported in future. we like it… while it adds and has proofed to be an interesting acoustic layer for spoken words, the sound quality of most phones is ugly. that may change for next generation smartfones.
  • after hitting OK, all necessary information to activate your sound in order to make it audible / visible on the map will be send to your email address, as well as some instructions how to access the editor. it obviously makes no sense to enter an invalid email address… if something goes wrong, you should get an email with an error message explaining the problem briefly. almost all known problems are related to the wrong file format, i.e. if you try to send wav, aif or mp4 files.
  • if you want to add a sound to an existing place, just click the red blinking marker or more… at the lower right corner, which opens the info window for this sound. choose the corresponding option for uploading, fetching from url or call, then proceed as described above. if there’s more than one sound at a place, they will be played consecutively in chronological order.
  • there are also some other options available in the info window. if you click on the title of the recording, it starts to download the file. embed map lets you include a little map of this place on your blog or website, bookmark creates a bookmark for this place in your favorites folder. these functions may not work on all browsers, just try. the envelope opens a comments form which goes directly to the contributor of this sound.
edit your recordings

you don’t need a login or account in order to participate on the project, however, after uploading your first sound, you have access to an editor for your contributions. it lets you edit titles, locations, descriptions and other info. it also provides a possibility to create your own projects. imagine it as the radio aporee ::: maps with only your recordings, under a dedicated URL. there are links in the confirmation emails you receive after uploading, about how to get a password and access the editor.

play recordings

when the map loads initially, it jumps to the most recent recording and plays it. the currently playing sound is indicated by a blinking red marker. click it to get more information about this sound. play + on the menue bar has several options for playing random selections, an Internet radio stream or the currently visible sounds on the map. you may like the mix and multi modes:
when in mix mode, all markers on the map are sensitive for the mouse pointer moving over them. they will start playing when touched, max. 3 at the moment and restricted to close areas. sounds will be mixed based on the geographical distance between them, in analogy to walking if you want, the sound changes by direction and the speed of your movement. move the mouse slowly over the map.
multiplay mode lets you play different places around the world simultaneously. it’s a bit like mix mode, but without the mouse moving/mixing and not restricted to local areas. playtime, give it a try… note: these functions may put some load on our computer, esp. if it’s an older one. things may become slow or hang. don’t worry, it will not damage anything…

about content

this project is about sounds and sites, check the many recordings to get an idea. get yourself a recorder, go out and listen… it’s not about music!… please don’t send songs, your CD collection or some greatest hits. excessive workings or sound manipulations are also undesirable. in case of doubt, send an email. spam, garbage and illegal stuff will be deleted without comment, as well as obviously copyright-protected material. if you want to send sounds from others, implicitly ask for permission first and give propper credits. if you look for a great site for almost any kind of sounds, radio aporee recommends

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