This international workshop is a start up for a biggest project of research about soundscape. The concept of this first step is connect an international group of research (Swiss, Italians, Spanish and French researchers) in a scientific workshop which will promote participation, disseminate scientific reflections and even include artistic performances (Music and Physical Theatre).
During the Travelling Soundscape Workshop in Locarno development an innovative methodology: the “Travelling Focus Group (TFG)” for discovering the area and the sounds which characterize the landscape. In the TFG realized in the workshop one can: a) test and apply the potential of participatory methodology by participating; b) contribute to the achievement of participatory sound mapping, centred on the acoustic dimension; c) achieve a reading and a “personal territorial listening”, the quality and depth of which will depend on the group involved.
The satisfaction of the participants of workshop involved in the process and the initiated product will be constantly monitored through suitable instruments linked to the literature of reference.
At the end of the workshop in the online Social Platform it’s possible to share the outcome of the workshop and the exploration of the sound mapping identified in this first phase. At the end is possible to publication of peer-reviewed papers in various fields of disciplines and in diverse ways (from classic communication, to installation, to performance). This is a guarantee of widespread dissemination both of a scientific type and of a more popular informative.
The main result expected from this workshop project is a change of attitude of the people involved towards a positive perspective of the heritage of sound, acknowledged both nationally and internationally. In 2006 the Federal Department for the Interior ratified the UNESCO Convention (2012) and “recognized the importance of intangible cultural heritage for cultural diversity, social cohesion, cultural identity and the country’s image (….). In effect sound is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage to be preserved, protected and enhanced.” [DF06]
As is evident from the statements above, sound heritage is recognized as pivotal to the participatory process of the recognition of sound as an asset by the population through the dimension of listening.
This process of appreciation becomes a driving force for promoting accessibility of the area through a participatory sound map of the case study of the territory which can be extended to include the entire Swiss and Brazilian context.
As such, the workshop provides a community-based context for conducting an innovative pilot experiment. In particular, these are the principal research questions: a) What is the attitude of people towards sound? To what extent is this at the centre of their perceptions of a landscape? b) How effective is a mobile social application in raising awareness of the appreciation of sound as an asset and in influencing people’s perceptions? What is the potential for the usage of the landscape for people who are blind or visually impaired? To what extent do sound games offered through the platform involve the web community? c) To what extent is the innovative methodology of Travelling Focus Groups (TFG) effective and efficient for the definition of participatory mapping (as a product) and for the development of collaborative processes for the creation of new knowledge; d) How much does the creative dimension (sound and theatrical performances) contribute to developing territorial knowledge, change in society and awareness of the acoustic dimension?
Prof. Lorena Rocca
Prof. Eliana Rela