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Immersive cities – Soundscapes for Language Learners



Immersive cities – Soundscapes for Language Learners

In this moment of a global pandemic, wherein movement on a worldwide scale has undergone a drastic reduction, the very idea of cultural journeys has undergone a transformation. In this new context, the dimension of journey opens-up to possible, new sensorial destinations where sound can represent a vector for the imagination and develop an immersive knowledge, both in terms of understanding cities, places, and geographies as well as in relation to the study of cultures and languages.

Immersive Cities is a project specifically for the Italian language students of the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne, where the recipients will be guided by several sound artists to experience different Italian cities and the search for the sonorous identity of places, voices, and cultures imagined and known through the study of language and experiences now, through the immersive dimension of listening to soundscapes. However, there is scope for expanding the experience to include all those people who want to reach into the heart of the Italian soundscape and be immersed.

The compositions on the soundscape of five cities (Bari, Naples, Palermo, Venice, Turin) will be accessible through a web interface (microsite) that will allow users to navigate them through a geographical map. The platform will also contain presentation texts of the works, written by the curator and the artists and possibly written comments also by students.

Immersive cities - Soundscapes for Language Learners is an idea created and developed by the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne, curated by Dr. Leandro Pisano (

Thanks to RMIT/SAAC, DISCUI/Università degli Studi di Urbino, Sound Studies Forum, Liminaria.

The launch of the project will be Wednesday 23rd December at 5.30pm on this link:

The artists:

- Francesco Giannico ( in Bari;
- Marco Messina ( in Naples;
- Vacuamoenia ( in Palermo;
- Nicola Di Croce ( and Enrico Coniglio ( in Venice;
- Enrico Ascoli ( in Turin.

The web designer: Giuliano Mozzillo (

Enrico Coniglio is a sound artist and composer whose interests lie in the aesthetic of the landscape. His research aims to investigate the loss of identity of places and the uncertainty of the territorial evolution, paying particular attention to the context around the Venetian lagoon. His approach has gradually honed in on the relationship between music and the representation of reality through the adoption of the definition of “topophony” and by developing the concept of “marginal areas” as a personal instrument of analysis of the contemporary sound scape.

Philip Samartzis is a sound artist with a specific interest in the social and environmental conditions informing remote wilderness regions. His practice is based on deep fieldwork where he deploys complex sound recording technology to capture natural, anthropogenic and geophysical forces. He is associate professor in Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice and teaches Sound Cultures in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). He is also artistic director of Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in the Australian Alps.

Enrico Ascoli works in the field of sound art and multimedia installations. He produces sounds and music for documentaries, animated films and ads. He has been carrying out personal research into field recordings, into cognitive research and into electroacoustic music. He creates sound installations, musical compositions and site specific and interactive performances for contemporary art; he creates dialogues between aesthetic abstraction and sociocultural perspectives through soundworks which use objects and newspapers, cooking processes, kinesthetic sculptures and recordings of particular geographical areas.

Nicola Di Croce is an architect, researcher, sound artist. A PhD Candidate in territorial planning and public policy he is currently doing post-Doctoral research at the Università Iuav di Venezia. His main field of investigation focuses on the relationship between urban studies and sound scapes. He is particularly interested in the collaborative and participatory approaches to analysis and planning of urban policies through the emerging methodology of sound and relational art, in urban planning and sociology. Sound is central to his artistic and academic research, and the practice of critical listening to the urban sound environment is the main vector he uses for understanding the emergence of urban questions tied to vulnerable contexts and actors. Noise and listening represent as such the chosen tools for investigating critical questions which are related to spatial and cultural transformations of the city, such as depopulation, segregation, the disappearnce of local identity and intangible cultural heritage. Through articles, lessons, environmental recordings, performances, installations, soundwalks and listening sessions his practices aim to bring to maturity a listening mindfulness and therefore the empowerment - of communities and institutions, and hence inaugurate new pathways towards local development and urban regeneration.

Francesco Giannico is an electroacoustic musician with a degree in Musicology from the Università di Lecce and a thesis on the history of Music for Film. In 2010 he founded AIPS, the Italian Archive of Sound Scapes; a collective dedicated to the distribution of the concept of sound scapes. Alongside his musical production and discography, he has developed over the last few years a personal training technique, which is instrumental in stimulating the conscious processes of a specific territory through the use of sound.

Marco Messina is a musician, producer and sound designer and works in the Electronic Music field. In the nineties he was a founding member of 99 Posse, a band which still performs on stages across Italy and Europe. In 2007 he composed, alongside Mirko Signorile, the soundtrack for “Il passaggio della Linea”, the first motion movie of director, Pietro Marcello, whom he often works with. He has worked on films and shows which have been presented at festivals and prestigious museums such as the MoMA in New York, the Vivid Festival in Sydney, the Festival del Cinema di Venezia, the Torino Film festival, the Berlinale and the Goteborg Film Festival.

VacuaMoenia is an independent research project which was founded in 2013. It begins its activity in the Sicilian inland, going to play in the abandoned villages which were built between the second half of the 1920s through to the beginning of the 1960s in an attempt to populate rural areas. VacuaMoenia has participated in many festivals and national and international conventions around the themes of landscape and soundscape, sharing its findings with architects, designers, historians and sociologists. Its latest activities include its participation in Manifesta12, in the Heterotopy festival, in Liminaria and the publication of its work “Panphonia” with the Portuguese label Cronica Electronica.


Date: Da Wednesday, December 23, 2020 a Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free