Sam Auinger (1956, Linz) is a sonic thinker, composer and sound artist. He lives and works in Berlin since receiving an invitation to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 1997. His interest is in the sonic and auditory as material phenomena that embed information about our shared global interdependence and emotional triggers. Central to his artistic research is the aim to deepen understanding of acoustic/aural qualities in our urban living environments, precisely public spaces. He propagates (encourages, promotes) ‘thinking with the ears’ as an essential part of any design process in architecture and urban planning. For him, it is a critical daily praxis towards understanding our role in an endangered planetary environment at all levels, from social to environmental. Together with Bruce Odland, he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is ‘hearing perspective’, and they are known for large-scale, public space sound installations that transform city noise into evolving harmonies in real-time (Symphony of Resonances, documenta 14, Thessaloniki, 2017; Sonic Vista, Frankfurt, since 2011; Blue Moon, New York, 2004). Auinger was the first City Sound Artist of Bonn in 2010 and the featured artist at Ars Electronica in 2011. He lectures and gives workshops at international universities such as Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA; MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Cambridge, MA; and London School of Architecture. He collaborates with city planners and architects and places a high value on personal experience on-site in all design and planning processes.
xxxx_terrain is a sonic participatory work and composition along the south-north route that connects Park Sonsbeek with the Kröller-Müller Museum. Here, four distinct types of landscapes within walking distance of each other come together: the urban, the cultural, the industrial and the terrestrial. Each contains different sets of times and rhythms. To discover them, one has to do the work of walking and over and over pausing and listening. Auinger invites you to follow composed paths and visit marked ‘Listening Sites’. The sonic effects of all Listening Sites reveal various interrelationships between sound events and different environments. To participate on a personal level means to slow down and get in touch with the senses and space around. The more time we spend to experiment and exercise, the more we start to think with our ears.