Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet

Sweeney, J., Milhinch, A., Wright, D. and Potter, M. 2013 Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet, video recording, various (mobile, online, internet broadcast etc), Apple (App Store); online.

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Title Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet
Creator(s) Sweeney, J.
Milhinch, A.
Wright, D.
Potter, M.ORCID iD for Potter, M.
Year presented 2013
Year created 2013
Publisher Apple (App Store); online
Place of publication various (mobile, online, internet broadcast etc)
Description of moving image iPhone App, website, interactive maps, videos, compositions and performances
Keyword(s) participatory media
urban space
quiet spaces
acoustic ecology
world soundscape
R. Murray Schaeffer
Summary With over half of the world’s population living in cities, urbanists have identified, for health and wellbeing purposes, the importance of sites of quiet space in city planning. Within the field of acoustic ecology, this project aimed to find out if participatory media methods could help urban dwellers to identify, engage with and find value in quiet city spaces. A transmedia work, ‘Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet’ assists those living and working in the city to seek quiet amongst noise and people, thus facilitating healthier lifestyles. Stereopublic is a participatory, transmedia work and includes an iPhone app, a website, interactive maps, videos, sonic compositions, public performances and walking tours. The work is pitched as a ‘sonic health service’ for cities. Co-created by a global community of quiet seekers, the researcher – as creative producer – oversaw the design and delivery of a participatory, transmedia system facilitating broad participation that would lead to a solution to the research question. Through various production activities, including, Stereopublic enabled global contributors to create a quiet portrait of cities. The project was active in 50 cities internationally and 1000 quiet locations were submitted.
Notes Winner of the TED City 2.0 award, Stereopublic project has been recognised as innovative practice that can help make lives in cities easier. It received competitive funding from the Australia Council, Arts SA and Adelaide City Council, totalling $150,000. It was included in two Adelaide Festivals (2013, 2014) and other important international festivals such as the UK’s DocFest and the International Symposium of Electronic Art. The project has been the subject of multiple articles promoting lifestyle and urban health, including Wired, Citylab and Good Magazine.
Language eng
Field of Research 190203 Electronic Media Art
190205 Interactive Media
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Socio Economic Objective 960511 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Urban and Industrial Environments
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
Grant ID TED City 2.0 grant (2012)
Creative Australia New Art - Australia Council - 'Stereopublic' (research and development)
Arts SA IMP project funding - 'Stereopublic' Research and Development
Australia Council - New Art Production and Presentation - 'Stereopublic' (2012)
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