Bell, Roberley
A.178 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 14:30 - 15:00, Room A2
A Translation of a three dimensional spatial environment through sound.
Spatial dimensions as sensory experiences can garner a wealth of information for interpreting a spatial environment. Working with students in the beginning design program we have begun a series of observational and experiential spatial exercises as a system for expanding the possibilities of how we learn to define, distinguish and demarcate a spatial environment. As a means of investigating, students are working in ways that expand the traditional principles of three-dimensional spatial perception. These studio problems investigate the use of dimensional space the environment, the ‘built’ space. The contemporary environmental problems share in expanding traditional conditions of spatial properties by exploring light, sound, and motion. They also share another commonality a limitation. In Silence the Pronounced participants eliminate all major sensory elements but sound. Soundscape is the condition of sound intimately tied to the landscape. The condition of sound in space is one that is physical, it is felt, and it gives texture, mood, and time to landscape. Sound establishes identity of three-dimensional space. Sound as an identifier of objects and space can be manipulated. The question posed is how can one decode the landscape through the use of sound. In the process the Soundscape project becomes a means to redefine landscape. Sound becomes the vocabulary and soundscape (The way things sound; so it tells you where you are) becomes the operative for redefining landscape (The way things look; so it tells you where you are). 
The act of self learning for the student takes place through the process of experimentation and the attention paid to the everyday mundaness of sound the sensory element so often over looked in a spatial environment becomes the system of translation and affords yet another possibility for decoding the spatial experience.
Scully, Amos
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