SITE SPECIFICS 2021 - workshop with Mint Park

Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 09:00 to Fri 17 Dec 2021 - 18:30
Klankenbos, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Pelt

Intensive 5 day workshop with Mint Park on sound art in public space with the sound of ‘air’ as a key factor. 

This winter, the internationally renowned sound artist Mint Park will lead a five day workshop in Klankenbos. SITE SPECIFICS 2021 will focus on the air and ambiance in relation to site specific sound creation in the wide area of Klankenbos, located in the Belgian countryside. In various groups the participants will develop methods and practices to zoom in on the invisible textures of sound created by the wind and zone out to different sonic structures in the area, where human structures and nature co-exist. By designing listening exercises, making field recordings and building small instruments to sense a specific pattern or distinct quality within a landscape, the participants get the possibility to investigate the ever-changing relationship between site-specific sounds itself as a starting point for in situ sound creation.

In order to understand the way we listen to “air”, the workshop explores various parameters of sound signal processing to capture sounds, timbres and create sonic textures, using concepts like repetition, filtering, reverb, and feedback. Through playing with spatial set ups in different locations, the participants will experiment with sound mapping and compositional ideas while exchanging on understanding a space. The workshop culminates with a public radio presentation on Friday 17/12 at 17:30 in Klankenbos. 

About Mint Park

Mint Park is a Seoul-born electronic musician, new media artist and researcher currently based in The Hague. Through the creation of sound compositions, spatial installations and audio-visual performances, she continuously redefines and questions the fluctuating existential qualities in today’s binary space and machine-quantified time. Mint's works explore indefinite and fluctuating forms and structures that allow for an ever-morphing landscape. She invites us to experience, listen to and interact with a sentient environment and the disorienting phenomenons that surround us. Mint Park has worked and performed in venues all over the world, such as REDCAT (LA), the wulf., (LA), The LAB (Australia), Robot Speak (SF) and 4D SOUND (Berlin).

mintpark.net

Practical information

Participants

The workshop is open to students, young makers and professionals from the cultural field interested in sound, participative methodologies and artistic creation in the public space, for example; young adults, sound artists, musicians, programmers, researchers in social sciences etc. The workshop is open for all ages and is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. 

Recording/editing experience

Participants must have recorded sounds at least once before and must be able to use an editing (video or sound) program. It is possible in some instances to work without editing. If possible participants should bring their personal recording/editing equipment. Laptops for editing will not be provided. 

Participation price

395 euros

This price includes accommodation from 13 to 17 December 2021, food, access to bikes and a workshop of 5 days (check-in 13 December at 2 pm, check-out 17 December at 10 am).

The price does not include travel expenses. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is included in the workshop. Shared bedrooms are foreseen in Provincial Domain Dommelhof. Various B&B ’s in the neighbourhood are also available, however, this cost must be borne by the participants themselves. If you wish to stay in a B&B in the area, we can put you in touch with the necessary contact. Please note that the use of private accommodation (B&B) does not impact the workshop fee.

Applications

Applications are open from 21 September to 31 October. The selection will be communicated at the beginning of November. Payments must be made before 30 November. Registrations are official after a payment has been made. 

Apply here

Workshop Schedule

Monday 13 December

  • listen/observation 
  • prerequisite reading Poetics of Space and Background Noise
  • deep listening exercises and compositions

Tuesday 14 + Wednesday 15 December

  • making, collecting sounds
  • field recordings
  • working with tactile objects to create small instruments 

Thursday 16 December

  • composition, structuring, formats and putting things together, drawing sonic map outlines

Friday 17 December

  • presentation in group or individuals, listening and sharing with the audience about experiences and stories

Post-workshop

  • potential of making the developed material as a radio program for Radio Forest Sessions
Register here!