Sound Sculptures

Explore the sounds of sculptures across campus!

Sound artists, Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth, combine field recordings with processed sounds to create distinctive soundscapes for sculptures across the University of Birmingham campus.

Each soundscape is influenced by the characteristics and physical properties of the sculptures and serve as a stop-start portal between natural and abstract sound-worlds.

You can stream or download the sculpted sounds at: www.soundcloud.com/sound-sculptures-2018 or download the app, SOUNDwalker from the app store. To take part, you’ll need a smartphone or MP3 player and headphones.

Please note, the works will be uploaded to SoundCloud shortly before the event.

Presented by the Department of Music.

Sound Sculptures: Guided Listening Walks

Sound artists, Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth, combine field recordings with processed sounds to create distinctive soundscapes for sculptures across the University of Birmingham campus.

Each soundscape is influenced by the characteristics and physical properties of the sculptures and serve as a stop-start portal between natural and abstract sound-worlds.

Join Emma and Nikki as they lead guided listening walks through their sound sculpture trail across campus. To take part, you’ll need a smartphone or MP3 player and headphones. You can stream or download the sculpted sounds at: www.soundcloud.com/sound-sculptures-2018 or download the app, SOUNDwalker from the app store.

Please note, the works will be uploaded to SoundCloud shortly before the event.

Presented by the Department of Music.

Quantum Technology SOUNDwalk

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Are you sick of getting stuck in traffic jams? Do you know how important time is for national and local security? Are you an avid user of your mobile phone? Do you want to see an advance in the early detection of illnesses, such as dementia?

Behind the services and devices we use, and the activities that fill our daily lives, is the use of Quantum Technology. Quantum theory is the science of the very small, but, in spite of its importance for everyday existence, it can be very counterintuitive to our experience of everyday life.

We invite you to take an audio tour of the University of Birmingham and uncover the secret sounds of Quantum Technology. As you walk around our campus, your tour guide will point out familiar sights and use sound to explain the science that usually goes unnoticed in our everyday lives.

To take part, you’ll need a smartphone or MP3 player and headphones.

Presented by School of Physics and Astronomy in partnership with BEAST.

SOUNDwalk

This augmented SOUNDwalk through Winterbourne’s gardens provides a unique opportunity to actively listen to the sonic features of the environment.

Stop at our augmented listening stations to tune into sounds around you that are not normally audible to the naked ear. To take part, you’ll need a smartphone or MP3 player and headphones.

Presented by SOUNDkitchen and BEAST in partnership with Winterbourne House and GardenSOUNDkitchen is dedicated to the promotion of composers and  artists working in the field of sound. 

Time Moves

Collect an Activity Trail Map and follow Winterbourne’s Time Moves Trail.

Suitable for adults and children alike, participants are invited to consider time and movement through interactive and participatory activities including:

  • Graffiti boards in the garden
  • Drop-in drawing and painting workshops exploring rotational motion of machines and plant growth led by artist Saranjit Birdi
  • An outdoor gallery of participants’ work. Visitors are invited to hang their work on display lines and watch it change as it is exposed to the outdoor elements for the duration of the festival

Presented by Winterbourne House and Garden.

Start // Stop… The Invisible Art of the Guided Walk

The format of the guided walk is surely the most direct way to share information with a group: nothing separates the guide and attendees from the subject. Familiar environments are revealed to be layered, nuanced realms worthy of our observation, consideration and comment; an experiential narrative that was formerly private and silent becomes shared and vocal.

The benefits are many: no specialist equipment is needed, the guide is on hand for questions and – handily – there are several ‘walking breaks’ in the narrative, allowing thoughtful digestion of the themes. The world can seem like a veil has been lifted. Why don’t we attend guided walks more often?

For Start // Stop… Ben Waddington – director of Birmingham’s Still Walking festival – leads a city walk that is at once a reflection on the identity and invisible rhythms of the city and an unpicking of the hidden mechanics of the guided tour.

Expect to learn about crowd dynamics, pedestrian behaviour, deep observation and use of Civic Spaces as much as the industrial and aesthetic heritage of our city.

Presented by Still Walking Festival.

Pathways to Birmingham’s Future

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No longer the centre of the industrial world, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands must find its place for a more sustainable future.

The Jewellery Quarter, where this walk begins, is a well-known example of urban regeneration, but has its transition sanitised our perception of the past? How does it impact the futures we imagine?

Join three researchers from across the University of Birmingham on a walking tour from the Jewellery Quarter into the city centre as they contemplate the effects of these changes.

Presented by Coralie Acheson (Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage), Aimee Jackson and James Walker (both Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research Centre).

Sound Sculpture Trail – Guided Tour

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Sound artists, Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth, combine field recordings with processed sounds to create distinctive soundscapes for sculptures across the University of Birmingham campus. Join Emma and Nikki as they lead a guided walk through their sound sculpture trail across campus.

To take part, you’ll need a smartphone or MP3 player and headphones. You can stream or download the sculpted sounds or download the SOUNDwalker app from the App Store.

Presented by the Department of Music and Research and Cultural Collections.

Sculpt-Tour

Celebrating health and wellbeing in the Green Heart, UB Sport & Fitness and Research and Cultural Collections present a sculpture tour with a difference.

Nurture body and mind in this sculptural exercise programme, which responds directly to the shapes and forms of a selection of sculptures in the Campus Art Collection. Don’t forget your trainers!

Presented by Research and Cultural Collections and UB Sport & Fitness

Celebrate Sculpture

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The University of Birmingham is home to many sculptures which are on display across campus for the enjoyment of all. The Campus Art Collection includes sculptures by acclaimed artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi and Jacob Epstein. You will be introduced to artworks which are celebratory in nature and which make the campus a beautiful space to learn, work and relax in.

Presented by Research and Cultural Collections

Approachable Joe

A journey from Victorian Statesman Joseph Chamberlain’s home at Highbury, Kings Heath to the University clock tower named in his honour.

Artist Matt Westbrook has devised a route which frames the celebrated tower from a variety of elevated locations, showcasing what is perhaps Birmingham’s most overlooked landmark.

Zig-zagging through the side streets and waterways, the walk is at once a sight-seeing expedition and a reflection on the nature of lines of sight, holiday itineraries and the Italian influence on the city.

This three hour exploration will break for rest and refreshments en route. Ticket price includes a drink. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for urban walking.

Presented by Matt Westbrook in partnership with Still Walking and Arts & Science Festival.