Locus Sonus Vitae


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the Europeen Union, Acoustic Commons is a collaboration between four arts organisations and a range of associate partners, each with close links to a specific site of cultural and/or natural heritage value. Acoustic Commons draws upon and develops those links, through a range of on-site and on-line exchanges.

The Acoustic Commons network has been using live audio streaming to co-create public art projects that form bridges between localities and bring isolated communities into interaction. Listening in common to soundworlds of Europe, Japan and other places leads us to engage with environmental flows - of air, water or migrating organisms - that cross borders and point to a trans-national approach.

Acoustic Commons is dedicated to building resilient networks across sites, distributing creative technical resources and cultural know-how and contributing to the long term cultivation of knowledge commons. The project seeks to identify and reactivate common land as a site for shared cultural activity and to encourage the sharing of practices and knowledge between practitioners, organisations, the public and institutions across Europe. Through improvised networks and hybrid on-site / on-line events, and by developing low-cost, lightweight ways to amplify less heard human and other voices, we contribute to reworking and extending our habits of assembly.

Final Event

The Acoustic commons Public Exhibition took place in and around ESAAIX over a period of 5 days. In light of the strong outdoor and ecological characteristics of the program it was decided to organise as an event(s) rather than as an exhibition (as originally intended). This included artistic walks, outdoor installations, talks and performances as well as more traditional forms of video installation and concerts. Collaborations with several partners and partner events, facilitated public outreach as well as providing complementary content and funding.
Part of the event was aimed at the student population of ESAAIX - (Student Walk and Workshops) as an audience, at the same time involving them in a work process leading to their participation in the public event.

The Poetics & Politics of Acoustic Commons - Cédric Parizot

Report on the Acoustic Commons final exhibition and event by Cédric Parizot,

anthropologist, researcher CNRS
Directeur adjoint de l'Institut de Recherche et d'Etude sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (UMR7310)
Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

Video Documentation of the Acoustic Commons final event :

Colloquim 23

The Acoustic commons Colloquium, originally planned as an independent event, was incorporated into the final exhibition. Various talks, presentations, demos and performances were spread over five days of the exhibition and walk and are included in the programme. This allowed us to address a larger audience augmented by the Biennalé and the student walk. For several presentations an outdoor location was considered to be more appropriate than a closed conference room. To cater for those talks requiring indoor conditions the final day was dedicated to an indoor colloquium hosted by the “Petit Duc Theater” in Aix En Provence.

Streambox2 Etang de Berre

The microphone is now streaming from a buoy located offshore in the Etang de Berre, a large brackish water lagoon situated to the NW of Marseille. Subject to diverse forms of pollution over the past century, the Etang de Berre is now closely monitored both by citizen and governmental environmental groups. The buoy where the microphone is situated is maintained by the GIPREB, organisation whose vocation is to survey water quality and at the same time to promote cultural activities around the lagoon that respect the environment The buoy houses scientific equipment used to monitor water quality. The setup was facilitated by our partnership with the arts organisation Bureau Des Guides GR2013 with whose assistance we organised the final exhibition and who have been working on audience development with the GIPREB for several years.

SoundCamp 22

Saturday 31 April - Sunday 01 May
The decision was made to organise Soundcamp 3 at a farm next to the town of Tende in the Roya Valley. The principle reason for this decision being that Locus Sonus and the social science laboratory IREMAM (CNRS/Aix Marseille University) identified this area for their shared field research in an anthropology programme "La recherche par l'écoute" ("Research through Listening") - in January 2022. This followed an encounter with the small cultural and arts organisation “Les Ouistitis” who convinced us of the cultural and artistic potential of the area. These partnerships implied that we have been able to allocate supplementary funding, material resources and other forms of collaboration to the soundcamp3 event.

Acoustic Commons Workshop took place at l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence from 28 to 31 January 2020

This first workshop took place at the Aix-en-Provence School of Art. Participants from each partner organization were invited to join the session, which focused on the technical and creative aspects of building a streambox. The event was an opportunity to launch the Acoustic Commons program in France and involve students and faculty from the art school, as well as an external audience, with the organization of an open conference and a final exhibition, and an invitation to a group of students from ENSAPC and artists in residence at Locus Sonus.

Streambox1 Frioul Pomegue Island, Parc Nationale des Calanques

Frioul Islands,The bay of Marseille, France.
The microphone is situated on Pomegue Island which forms part of the Frioule archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. Placed at the summit of a semaphore tower, the microphone captures the sounds of the wind and the sea as well as seabirds – notably Cory’s shearwater and kestrels, footsteps of hikers on the gravel path and in the summer, human activity from the boats moored in the calanques below. Electricity the National Park and in the absence of a local area network, we are using a 3g modem. The binaural microphone is fixed to the eave of the semaphore tower.

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