Taking care of sonic identity.
Local development between urban sound art and planning

Invisible places, Azores 2018

How to can we encourage local development through the development of listening practices?

Thise paper focuses on the relationship between urban sound art and planning by inquiring into participatory strategies that can invigorate sonic awareness. Sonic acknowledgment  contributes here to design the development of urban and regional policies, revealing the potentials of sonic identities.
In this research, I shows how enacting critical listening can become an empowerment tool both for the institutions and the citizens, and I examine the main outcomes and perspectives originated from the participatory sound art project “Listening Closely”, developed in 2015 in the southern Italian village of San Cipriano Picentino.

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photo credits Nicola Di Croce