Curator Sam Auinger is sonic thinker, composer and sound artist and holds as well a profession at UdK Berlin for Sound Studies. He was born in Linz (Austria), lives and works in Linz and Berlin. Since the early 1980s he is engaged in questions of composition, computer music, sound design and psycho acoustics.
Auinger cooperates with urban planners and architects; he gives lectures and often participates in international symposia concerned with urban planning or architecture.
Exploring the world of sounds, tones and noises with their geographic, cultural and historical differences, Auinger joins a tradition of artistic sound enquiry that has been shaped by people like Erik Satie, Luigi Russolo, John Cage or Murray Schaefer.
He is also concerned with the space that produces sound: the idea of architecture as an ‘instrument’ itself is part of Auinger’s research.
In search for a new ‘hearing language’ Auinger finds himself in varying cooperations with other fields of study.
Sam Auinger names the course of action for klangstaetten | stadtklaenge 2012 with practice:the exercise of sonic thinking, the exercise of conquering the urban space – exercise for artists as well as for the city’s inhabitants.
“In 2009 I participated in klangstaetten | stadtklaenge as an artist. The invitation to curate this very special sound art festival seemed to offer an interesting platform for aesthetic, social and political questions concerned with the sonic perception of urban space.
My interest is drawn to the following question: What is provided for our senses by our urban areas and by how we use those in social and economical interactions? My focus lies within the audible.”
Key aspect of klangstaetten | stadtklaenge 2012 is the auditory perceptibility of phenomenological, aesthetic, historic, economic and political correlations.
The concept of practice offers to exercise the sonic exploration of urban space, to sharpen ones perceptive ability in relation to places and architecture, to think with ones ears and to discuss the sound dimension of our living environment.
The artists works can be seen as an invitation to consider them repeatedly and to explore various references at different times of the day or from another direction. One can therefore observe his or her own process of understanding – a change in perception of places through the activation of their hearing sensitiveness.
From the Allgemeiner Konsumverein the interventions will spread and conquer the public space between brothel and monastery.