(no) Tour - Geert Vermeire
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Ghent Belgium S.M.A.K. ⋈ the Milena principle / WIT on Heritage Day May 1, 2011.

On Heritage Day 2011 the Milena principle, Escoitar.org and S.M.A.K. the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ghent inaugurate an artistic and interactive sound walk for smart phones in the Citadel Park Ghent. In the park and the area around the museum you wander intuitively to and from seven key locations. On approaching these places you are surrounded by 3D soundscapes which transform the everyday environment on a surprising way.

The soundwalk invites you to watch to the city with your ears. It is not a regular walk, it is a (no)Tour. Nothing is what it appears to be. The walk will invite you to wander, to leave the usual paths, the area transforms through different soundscapes, depending on how and from where you are approaching.

The walking experience is a result of an educational art project with children in a cooperation between the Milena principle and Escoitar.org and is a continuation of the exhibition at S.M.A.K. “Music Stands Still” by Jorge Macchi which deals as well in a special way with sound and transformation of everyday places. For the

In S.M.A.K. you can upload the walk on May 1st from 10 am to 18 pm. For visitors without a smart phone there are devices available in the museum. On May 3d the creators of this walk with GPS technology and 3D sound will explain their project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.



(no)Tour Gent [May 2011].


Project for S.M.A.K. Gent by Escoitar.org and the Milena principle as a result of a children´s workshop and as a dialogue with Jorge Macchi´s exhibition. CitadelPark of Gent. Recordings and compositions by WIT [ Stefaan van Biesen, Margot Dieleman and Eric Windey ] and Enrique Tomás. Texts by Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen.

Instructions for the sound walk


1. Download the app to your phone from http://at.escoitar.org/app/smak/noTours.apk When it is finished click on the notification on your Android bar and it will automatically install it.


2. Download the audio contents of the walk from http://at.escoitar.org/app/smak/smak.zip to your phone. You have to unzip and copy them to your Android phone SD Card or External Memory. For that use your favorite Android app (like Unzip) or just donwload the contents to a computer and later copy them to your phone´s card. All these contents (mp3 files) have to be copied to a folder named sdcard/notours/sound and if they are not exactly there the application will not work.

3. Start the application and enjoy the walk. If you have any question please contact us!



(no) Tour Workshop for children S.M.A.K.


Workshop S.M.A.K. City Museum of Contemporary Art & Citadel Park Ghent Belgium.


Stefaan van Biesen (the Milena principle/WIT) gathers around 10 am seven children, enjoying the sunshine, on the steps of the museum. It is clear that they already know each other and they day begins with happy talking around the tables in the hall, where the electronic material is displayed. On the program in the morning they get an introduction in the recording and editing of sounds, although only one computer is available. Because of this and the relatively short time – though the biggest distraction is especially because of each other – they were soon looking forward to make recordings and soundscapes. A short visit to the museum opens with the one-liner of guard Ronny: “Do you have a ticketjeee?”. Filip also shows us his musical tricks. Stefaans adds a beat on the words of Filip, animating the children. Then the children brainstorm individually. Ideas, words, sounds raise spontaneously, ready to use for their soundscape. Sound is connected with origami and soon small boats and small kites float through the entrance hall. When they are finished with playing they get a brief explanation of what will happen in the afternoon and lunch arrives (too early).



At 1:20 p.m. the children wait already, shouting that the artists are late.In fact two more artists [ Eric Windey and Margot Dieleman ] join the team and arrive together with Filip. The latter gives a creative tour of the exhibition of Macchi and Sailstorfer. Both exhibitions are very accessible for a child’s imagination and the creativity of the children is set in motion without effort. About forty-five minutes later the group is going to the park to search for sounds to be used in the end result: an appealing sound walk with soundscapes. First of all, the children let float some of their paper boats with words and ideas. The sound of the water and the ducks are recorded. It was asked to the children to bring their mobile phone to make recordings. Not every child had a phone, so they learned to listen and together with the others they make recordings. The first sound that fascinates them is the gasp of an old dog. And so everything started. The next appealing sound that reaches the ears of the children is the bell of the ice cream cart, all are tempted. Stefaan invites all the children for an ice cream. Afterwards the children continue their exploration of sounds and discover their own voice. Original melodies and rhythms are resonating through the afternoon. After the walk we return to the hall of the museum to listen to the recorded sounds. The children choose their favorite sounds and out of lack of time, the team will create soundscapes with this material later and integrate it in a sound walk. The children will return to listen to it on on Heritage Day on May 1st. Until next week!

Report : Nina Beghin, trainee of the Public Programme, S.M.A.K.



©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 27.12.2011