Sonic Life – Listening to NSU’s History

Lived Anthologies gathers the “sound worlds” of Nordic Summer University – the voices of keynotes, theoretical texts and artistic pieces that make up our archive. The project explores how we listen to someone’s voice, how it shakes us with a rattle or sway, a quiver or surge, a swell or a drop. The sounds collages play with the relationship between sense and sensuousness, a balance that voices must bear as they deliver their ultimatums in a unique aurality.

Below, you can find details of how to access the soundscapes of Lived Anthologies, which are being gradually released. The “listening stations” are scattered across the Nordic and Baltic region. Anyone can trigger and listen to the podcasts at these locations by downloading a free app. These locations reflection significant places in NSU’s history: the sites of our academic and artistic partners, our previous meeting spots, and places from our history.

Lived Anthologies is produced by researcher and sound artist Eduardo Abrantes

  1. This is a list of the works that will been given a sonic life:
  • Available:
  • Abrantes, E. (2017). Local sound families and a choir in Estonia: Inquiring into acoustic specificity through multi-layered soundscapes. In L. Greenfield, M. Trustram, & E. Abrantes (Eds.), Artistic Research – Being There: Explorations into the Local. Århus: NSU Press. (Read by Gry Buhrkall)
  • Upcoming:
  • Lagerström, C. (2015). Silent Walk: Unpredictable Encounters in Urban Space. In C. Fentz & T. McGuirk (Eds.), Artistic Research: Strategies for Embodiment. Århus: NSU Press. (Read by Katharina Stenbeck)
  • Koefoed, O., Kagan, S., & Dieleman, H. (2011). Sustensive Intercultural Chronotopes. In M. Paulsen, O. Koefoed, C. Ydesen, & J. Kromann (Eds.), Learning from the Other: Intercultural Metalogues. Malmö: NSU Press. (Read by Kate Donovan)
  • Riikonen, E. (2017). Entering Spaces, Creating Places: A Human Geographical Approach to the Production of the Everyday. In C. Friberg & R. Vazquez (Eds.), Experiencing the Everyday. Århus: NSU Press. (Read by Rosa Oikonomou)
  • Steinskog, E. (2005). The Decay of Aura – The Aura of Decay. In D. Petersson & E. Steinskog (Eds.), Actualities of Aura. Svanesund: NSU Press. (Read by Katharina Stenbeck)
  • Straume, I. S. (2011). The Political Imaginary of Global Capitalism. In I. S. Straume & J. F. Humphrey (Eds.), Depolitization – The Production of Global Capitalism. Malmö: NSU Press. (Read by Arlene Tucker)
  • This is how to listen to them:
  • Download the mobile app Echoes at: -this is a free app which allows you to listen to the different sound files at their physical locations.
  • Once on location (see list below), just open your app and click on the “near you” option to find the anthologies, they will be marked as blue circles (“echoes”) in the map, named “NSU Lived Anthologies”, and all you have to do to start listening is to walk into them. You are then free to explore the location, moving or standing still while the anthology is playing. All the “echoes” are placed in public spaces with free access.
  • These are the locations where all the anthologies are available for listening:
  • Copenhagen (Kongens Have)
  • Århus (Botaniske Have)
  • Stockholm (Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen)
  • Göteborg (Slottsskogen)
  • Oslo (Vigeland Park)
  • Reykjavik (Grandi harbour area, around “the pond” / Tjörnin)
  • Nuuk (Old Nuuk area)
  • Tallinn (Hirvepark)
  • Vilnius (Bernardine park)
  • These are the special locations where only particular anthologies can be heard – these are more remote areas somehow closely related to the anthology itself:
  • Mooste village, Estonia (Abrantes, Local Sound Families)