by Rory Warnock and Dan Bevc
This project is a “mis-guide” map, a psychogeographic tour intended to expose the sonic structure of leisure spaces within Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus. It is intended to encourage the use of the auditory senses as a tool for reframing one’s perception of how these spaces, which are open to all students, are inhabited by particular bodies based on common interests and identities. It also demonstrates that the differences in these spaces are perceptible even on an auditory level. In order to properly analyze the auditory characteristics of the spaces, one must begin with a careful listening excursion. The sound map provided is intended to guide the viewer on such an excursion and to shift their focus away from the dominant visual mode of understanding space. This will allow them to rediscover locations and to consider the importance of sound in representing the way students define spaces and are defined by spaces.
The sound map assembled by our group surveys seven leisure spaces in Concordia’s downtown campus.These areas are located in Concordia’s H Building, LB Building, Molson School of Business, EV Building, and Visual Arts Building. The intended purpose of this map is to facilitate listening in these spaces rather than the process of getting to these locations. Moreover, the map can be completed in any order, as long as each location is visited. See the photos attached to each location point on the map and listen to the audio files to orient yourselves in the space.
Some helpful questions to think about that frame how bodies and environments are perceived in the locations are: What content is being discussed in the space? Is there a high or low density of bodies in the space? What is the energy in the space? Is it dynamic or passive? What is the size of the space? What is the movement like in the space?