near(ly) sounds is a conceptual framework for the realization of sound installations as a research apparatus in architectural spaces.
With a single apparatus, this framework facilitates the simultaneous exploration of “near sounds”—sounds generated in the installation space or its environment—i.e. of the auditory generative and transformative function of architectural spaces, and of “nearly sounds”—the objectivation of auditory events.

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near(ly) sounds. Bauhausgeb
äude was the first project realized within the framework of near(ly) sounds. The space explored was the former architectural office of Walter Gropius in the Bauhaus building in Dessau (Germany). The research process—including the realization, selection, and installation of sound recordings—took place from August 28 to September 5, 2014. The situation of this space allowed simultaneous research into three linked systems of sound generation and modulation: the space between the two main parts of the building, their interior spaces, and the interior of the structure connecting them—“die Brücke” (the bridge)—where the research was conducted.

The interaction, which the installation made audible, between sounds occurring within the space and sounds recorded in the same spot but during the most “silent” part of the night opened up a new access to the space in its own process of constituting itself as phenomenal object, confirming the adequacy of near(ly) sounds as a framework to research the emergence of sense in architectural contexts from an auditory perspective.

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