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 recording continuously takes 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 m
anner 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. A few main research questions
were formulated at the initial stage of shaping the project: Can the realm of sound offer
a space for transmitting memories across time? Can sound - perceived as a time-based phenomenon -
become a medium contributing to the redefinition of traditional forms of archiving and commemorating?
To what extent does the use of locative media and the very placement of archival material in the public
space augment its perception and experiencing?
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 squares 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 under: slussenproject.net
An archival CD comprising eight compositions based on site-specific field recordings