ECHOES ON THE ROAD/ ECHOES FROM THE ALPS-ADRIATIC REGION is one of Enterprise Z’s major contributions to the smaller scale cooperation project “Echoes from Invisible Landscapes”, 2016 – 2018, co-financed by the EACEA.
Our interpretation of the invisible landscapes are the sounds of the Alps-Adriatic region. We are collecting sounds, which are very typical, specific items / signals of the area, for example the sounds of Klapotetze in South Styria or the special dialects in Carinthia.
An especially for this project developed interactive sound map makes the sounds related to the locations, where we have found them, hearable.
Sound and performance artists are invited to participate in the project, develop and present on the basis of the collected sounds sound performances, installations and intermedia projects. Thus, they create Echoes from the Invisible Landscapes, a new reflection or interpretation of the cultural heritage of the Alps-Adriatic region.
In the project ECHOES ON THE ROAD, the artists bring back the collected ‘echoes’ to the places in the Alps Adriatic region, where the sounds were found. They present to audiences in the public spaces sound installations, sound performances and intermedia projects, which they have developed on the basis of the collected sounds. They travel in camping buses specially rented for this project through Styria, Carinthia, Slovenia and Istria. Thus, they bring back the sounds to the inhabitants of the Alps Adriatic region, in new developed forms, therefore creating new resonances of the collected echoes. In the sense of the audience development, completely new audiences can be reached on the road. The artists enter into dialogue with the audience during the presentations in the public space. In addition to the echoes from invisible landscapes, the project ECHOS ON THE ROAD also creates ‘sound loops’ that run through the Alps Adriatic region and connect its places and its population with the resonances of the echoes transporting the rich diversity, which is reflected in the sounds, of this region.
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The first contribution of the Klanghaus Untergreith to “Echoes from invisible Landscapes” is the project “The Sound of Europe”. The multilayered European landscape of experimental art is made visible here. On several journeys across Europe, sounds were collected and assembled into a “sound map” of Europe. These recordings taken in various cities, such as London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Bucharest, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Lisbon, Brussels, reflect the cultural and social diversity of Europe. “The Sound of Europe” is a sound installation presented in the Klanggalerie of Klanghaus Untergreith. Artists and cultural workers, who have met on these journeys, present their works. Current, artistic and cultural creation is presented that is largely undiscovered by the general public and therefore “invisible”. The Klanghaus itself acts as a resonator, amplifying the echoes generated by the “agents of cultural reflection”.
“Echoes from invisible Landscapes“ is in the hands of the newly founded Echo Kollektiv Netzwerk (comprising Enterprise Z, Wieser Verlag publishers, the University of Klagenfurt, Zveza Mink Tolmin and Mani doo) with the support of the EACEA Creative Europe programme and covers the period from 2016 to 2018. The 2-year project challenges the local population and international artists as “agents of cultural reflection” to consider and rethink the status quo of social structures against the background of our relations to our environment in the Alpine Adriatic region between Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
“Landscapes” stands for tangible and intangible heritage, for culture as the basis for individualism and group identity. “Echoes” emanate from individual and collective histories of people and their natural or designed surroundings. Artists and scientists are invited to listen to these echoes, to record and process them. They develop new projects that will then in turn become objects or ideas of resonance themselves and send out their own echoes to a wider audience across local and national borders. This means that the festival serves as a catalyst for further investigation of echoes. ECHOES is a practical and artistic approach to broadening the awareness of culture in society with a view to the Alpine Adriatic region and offering a network model that can be extended to other regions.