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Jacek
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Slussen Project (2012-)

Slussen Project is an extensive audio database of stories, memories and field recordings characterizing the Slussen area in Stockholm and in particular its unknown and invisible dimensions. The realization of the project has been maintained consistently over six months between December 2012 and May 2013 when the process of demolishing was planned to begin. However, occasional field recording sessions continuously take place. The collection of sounds is manifested through a multitude of means such as interviews, field recording and on-site interventions. The final outcome - a methodologically developed sound archive - will be eventually brought back into the new layout in an unobtrusive manner such as in-situ placement of QR (quick response) codes, mobile and locative technology. Thus, the passers-by within the new architectural arrangement will be given an opportunity to confront the long-gone spirit of its predecessor.


Sound installation based on eight selected soundscapes was presented in May at the Musik Museet in Stockholm. The display took the form of eight aluminium sheets to which transducer speakers were attached. Besides concrete and steele, aluminium is the most predominant material in the architectural structure of Slussen. Each aluminium sqaure stood for a specific location from the area. The soundscapes from those locations played via transducer speakers made the squares vibrate, expressing the precarious and unsettling atmosphere of the site doomed to disappear completely in the nearest future.

A release of an archival CD, designed to last last for 300 years, accompanied the presentation of the project. An online database is available here



A fragment of a psycho-geographical narrative based on the text included in the archival CD.







Sound installation based on eight selected soundscapes from Slussen, Music Museum, Stockholm, 2013


Sound installation based on eight selected soundscapes from Slussen, Music Museum, Stockholm, 2013


Sound installation based on eight selected soundscapes from Slussen, Music Museum, Stockholm, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013


Archival LP comprising eight soundscape compositions based on field recordings from Slussen, 2013