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4th Asia-Europe Art Camp: Hearing Helsinki

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02 Jun 06 - 10 Jun 06 Asia-Europe Foundation Culture Department Asia-Europe Art Camp Culture

Helsinki (Finland)


This intensive eight-day camp brought together 20 young artists in their final year of study from 19 ASEM member countries. The camp's objective was to expose participants to new ways of approaching sound art while providing them with the tools, contacts, and information to expand their personal artistic boundaries and foster new partnerships and collaborations.

The camp featured the following presentations from the students and guest lecturers:

- Subjectivity in the definition of "New Media" and "Sound Art"

- Cultural specificities that shape the individual's positioning within the field of Sound Art

- Possibilities that the sound medium has to offer

- Different ways of relating to, working with, and presenting sound

- Prizing of understanding and sharing over agreement and the subjectivity of the individual human ear and brain when interpreting sound

The students also spent time exploring Helsinki, equipped with MD recorders, sound capture enabled mobile phones, microphones, and other recording paraphernalia, to map and document the city's sounds. The sound recordings were edited to form sonic explorations or narratives of Helsinki City life. Following the camp, the ASEF made a call for applications for follow-up new media art projects, open to all student participants of the Asia-Europe Art Camps -- this was to provide an incentive for Art Camp alumni to further develop their ideas and contacts and eventually embark on their own collaborative artistic projects.


Media Lab, the University of Art and Design of Helsinki, Finland

Funded by the European Union
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