Site-specific sound art as a means of creating a multidimensional sense of place: A case study of the Klankenbos (Sound Forest) in Pelt, Belgium

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The research on site-specific sound art as a means of creating a multidimensional sense of place investigates the potential of the integration of site-specific sound artworks in public places. The sonic stimuli of places have a major influence on how these places are perceived and appreciated. However, in our everyday lives, sounds are often overheard (Maeder, 2014). In addition, a fragmented and disrupted sense of belonging to place has risen due to modernity and globalization, especially in places that are subject to processes of urban regeneration (Najafi & Shariff, 2011; Ashley & Weedon, 2020). The research therefore tries to stimulate meaningful spatial experiences, interpreted in terms of connection and validation of the place and awareness of sensory stimuli. The research focusses in particular on the following three aspects: (1) the site-specific character of sound installations, (2) visitor experiences of public sound art and (3) the difficulties, requirements and potentials of the integration of site-specific sound art in public places. The research is based on a qualitative research design which follows an exploratory case study methodology. The topic of the case study is the intensive examination of Musica’s project of the ‘Klankenbos’ in Pelt, Belgium, during a period of three months.
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