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SCORING THE CITY
Project presentation with Gascia Ouzounian, Mathilde Meireles and Sharon Phelan
LIVE ON ZOOM

Sun 01 August 2021, 16.00
Online (Zoom)

In English

Instead of the planned workshop in Darmstadt the “Scoring the City” project team invites to a conversation on Zoom: This experiment at the intersection of urbanism and experimental music takes inspiration from graphic scores in music as dynamic forms that could offer new ways of notating the relationship between design ideas, built form and social life: in other words, between scoring and performing urban space. Throughout 2019 the project hosted four workshops in very different cities with common challenges: London and Paris, two global cities needing to create flexible space to accommodate rapid economic and socio-cultural change; and Belfast and Beirut, cities marked by conflict needing to find common spaces across sectarian divides. The workshops invited architects and composers to explore a site, share their observations, and create scores that challenge the static nature of the architectural blueprint. 

The project was conceived and led jointly by Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford / Recomposing the City) and John Bingham-Hall (Theatrum Mundi) with research and coordination support from Fani Kostourou (Theatrum Mundi) and Conor McCafferty (Queen’s University Belfast). It is funded by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, and was supported in kind by London College of Communication, Plateau Urbain and Belfast Harbour Commissioners. It is currently being developed as part of the ERC-funded project Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism (soncities.org). 

“Scoring the City” follows previous collaborations between Theatrum Mundi and Recomposing the City: the “Acoustic Cities Study Day”, the Beirut-London exchange workshop “Urban Soundscape and the Politics of Memory” and a subsequent edition published by Optophono, “Acoustic Cities: London&Beirut”. 

For the online presentation of the project within the Darmstadt Summer Course 2021 Gascia Ouzounian will be in discussion with Mathilde Meireles and Sharon Phelan, who contributed works to the project in earlier stages of “Scoring the City”. 

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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