"Map Song": Poetic Intersections Between Sound, Maps, and Performance [chapter]

Josef Sprinzak
2019 Borderlines: Essays on Mapping and The Logic of Place  
Map Song is a live sound performance that I created and performed at Hansen House, a former lepers' hospital in Jerusalem. It explored the borderlines and relationships between sounds, maps, and the performative arts. In a reflexive critique of my own artistic work, I examine a number of performative acts of mapping through soundthe sound-recorded walk, the sacred Songlines of the Australian Aboriginals, and the vocal navigation instructions of GPS devices. By shifting between artistic practice
more » ... and theoretical analysis, my presentation brings out the relationship and interaction between sound and maps, which oscillate between cooperation and resistance. At the same time, this process illuminates the bonds between orientation and memory. This movement opens up new poetic possibilities of telling spatial stories through sound in a way that reflects upon the effect of contemporary location-based technologies on our relationships with the surrounding space.
doi:10.2478/9783110623758-004 fatcat:4jzspmyadvhr5cswrj6qpspm6q