During this month, January, I’ve been working and also travelling around with the other volunteers, to natural areas and villages near Sokolowsko, where we live, and other cities. I’m a sound designer and technician so I’m helping with projects and tasks related to sound. This month I’ve been helping re-organizing the stock of audiovisual material of the foundation and creating the videos of sound art perfomances of the Sound Sanatorium Festival of the last years.
I’ve been also helping with a new project in a team with the other volunteers where we are going to help in the creation of a digital map mixing our different skills. As for the sound, I’m thinking in recording different and specific points of listening of Sokolowsko and surrounding areas (specific soundscapes and soundmarks). So yeah, as part of this new project, I will be walking around and focusing on listening to the soundscapes. I know soundscapes are not that popular as landscapes/photography, I guess we are more visuals than listeners, but it’s something that of course we feel all the time and is influencing our lifes everyday. Soundscapes are constantly changing all the time just like our technology is changing too, animals and insects around are moving to other places or moving to our place, new noises are appearing and others are dissapearing, etc. I think it’s very interesting to think about that, just close your eyes and start listening for a moment, and think also about how the noises you make are interacting with what surrounds you 😉
Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko. This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.