What if the focus of urban living was not productivity but play?
Place Listening explores how playful urban listening can expand the relationships between people and the places they inhabit. We live in a time where efficiency is favored over play: roads are for circulation, not interaction; places are designed around consumption, not co-existence; we sleep not to dream but to be productive the next day. Listening and play can enable forms of awareness that challenge these ingrained norms and allow for different ways of being in the city.
Place Listening is developed with citizens and visitors of Oslo through a series of listening, playing, and walking workshops in May 2019. Recordings of the workshops have been edited into a site-specific audio walk in the street of Oslo.
Film and editing: Noah Silver and Sebastian Jørung Øvrebø
Place Listening was developed for the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale by Cecilie Sachs Olsen and Nina Lund Westedahl in collaboration with ROM for art and architecture. The project was supported by Art Council Norway and presented in collaboration with the Car-free Livability Programme.
Sound: Cecilie Sachs Olsen and Nina Lund Westedahl
Video: Mads Jøns Frausig
Music: (all open lisence) DJ Adityo: Dripping Realities / Chris Zabriskie: I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor / Professor Kliq: Traffic Cars / Mike Chino: Inner Peace
Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival and one of the world’s prominent arenas for dissemination and discussion of architectural and urban challenges. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events across different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture, engage the public and inspire local, Nordic and international debates concerning architecture and urbanism. OAT is a knowledge-driven Triennale, which continuously develops and produces content with relevance that goes beyond the Triennale itself. OAT builds networks, engages and inspires debate among professionals, business communities, decisionmakers and the public across borders, social layers, sectors and professions. OAT is held every third autumn in Oslo, over a period of approximately ten weeks. The main target groups of OAT include the citizens and users of the city, decisionmakers, professionals and international guests.