S+T+ARTS ReSilence: Retune the Soundscape of future cities

December 13, 2022

ReSilence is a new S+T+ARTS project that will run from September 2022 until February 2025. The main objective of the ReSilence is to support the development of art- driven technologies for designing the soundscape of future cities through the collaboration of artists, architects, urban designers, scientists, engineers and researchers.

About the project

A big challenge in the Urbanism/Mobility sector is not anymore to reduce what we call noise but to qualify the soundscape but also to shape the vibrations of urban spaces, and to design the ambiance of the city in a way that makes it enjoyable, secure, and familiar. We must consider acting on the sound of the city as a design  issue applied to the most immersive “matter” in order to improve the quality of urban life. 

ReSilence will use new technologies (Artificial Intelligence and eXtended Reality ) to:

Involve and collaborate with artists in order to leverage multiple sources of inspiration, interdisciplinary collaboration, and build trust around AI & XR technologies. Explore the borders between noise and music in a changing world by producing an acoustic awareness in urban spaces (not only reducing the intensity of noise, but also considering it as an energy producer and designing positive sounds, sounds we want to preserve and multiply). Create new types of sonic urban experiences that expand possibilities for accessibility, active participation/engagement, sustainability, and social inclusion 

The real-world pilots of ReSilence are going to be co-designed with the help of S+T+ARTS residencies and will demonstrate the expected impact of the proposed solution by focusing on specific societal problems related to cities and the music industry. ReSilence organizes its activities around four pilot use cases:

  • Musical Experience Design
  • The New Silence (Sound and mobility)
  • Sound of Urban Spaces
  • Full-body sound experience

Kick Off meeting

The project started in September 2022, with a consortium kick-off in Thessaloniki, all partners had the oportunity to meet and communicate their vision.

ReSilence has technical partners as well as artists, architects and the Music hall of Thessaloniki. Specifically the consortium consits of people from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – CERTH, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTH, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics – MPIEA , Maastricht University – MU, Thessaloniki Consert Hall – OMMTH , University of Genoa -UNIGE, University Pompeu Fabra – UPF and WESOUND.

The kick off meeting produced a lot of ideas on the topic of sound and the city. Also highlighted the importance of sound in urban design and experience. It was also discussed the importance to enhance the wellbeing of citizens while also increasing economic activity and productivity of a city.

ReSilence will support Art-Driven Experiments (ADE) through Open Calls with a specific budget allocated for this purpose. Artists in ReSilence will have access to AI and XR technology in order to reflect on novel uses and their impact on society. They will also help in ensuring that the development process and system behavior of the technologies explicitly acknowledge human values and needs.  

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Over the next months, ReSilience will be explore and expand the conversation amongst consortium partners. The consortium is also setting the conditions for the upcoming open calls. To stay updated on the project, please check our project page. 

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