Beyond Noise and Silence: Listening for the City

A public symposium exploring the intersection of sound art, public space, and urban design.
Wednesday 2 April – Thursday 3 April 2014

Do you ever stop to listen to the sound of the city around you?

Beyond Noise and Silence: Listening for the City is an event series focused on exploring how the city’s sound environment might be used by artists, architects, and urban designers to activate experimental architectures, urban experiences, and new forms of public space.

Questioning the way that sound relates to our experience of place and to our memories of the cities that we live in, this series will investigate the potential of this often-neglected dimension of urban space, focusing on practices based in Dublin as well as a selection of innovative international perspectives.

The first session, Medium: Exploring Sound Installation in Urban Space [7pm, April 2, Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD], focuses on a presentation by the German artist Christina Kubisch, exploring different elements of Kubisch’s practice and leading into a discussion of the artist’s recent work as city sound artist for the city of Bonn in 2013 within the fourth year of the Bonn Hoeren project.

The second session in the symposium, Medium: Exploring Sound Installation in Urban Space [2pm, April 3, The Lab, Foley Street], considers sound art practices in relation to the urban environment and public space from various curatorial, artistic, commissioning, and logistical perspectives, sharing both practical and more discursive insights from different levels of practice involving sound and the public.

This event is curated by Ireland/US based artist Sven Anderson to compliment his Dublin City Council public art commission MAP: Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design, and features presentations and talks from recognisable arts figures including German artist Christina Kubisch; Public Art Manager (Dublin City Council) Ruairí Ó Cuív; artist and curator María Andueza; artist Dennis McNulty; curator and Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council Aisling Prior; Course Director: MA Art in the Contemporary World, Faculty of Visual Culture, (NCAD) Dr. Declan Long and Director of the Goethe-Institut Mechtild Manus.

Tickets to this event are free, but advance registration is required. For further information and to register for tickets visit

Presented by Dublin City Council (DCC) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and The National College of Art and Design (NCAD).