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Fielding

Exploring sound in the design of urban green spaces.

Fielding is a unique interdisciplinary project that brought together artists, scientists, landscape designers, sound and interactive designers to create a biodiverse and sonic green structure. It explored the role sound and audio play in the greening of urban spaces and how this impacted on the well-being of people, animals and plants in the urban environment.

It formed the creative sonic component of a larger ARC linkage project led by Sarah Bekessy and her team at RMIT, entitled, Designing Green Spaces for Biodiversity and Human Well-Being.

The installation was filled with a variety of plants indigenous to Melbourne using an experimental plot concept conceived by the scientists, designed in association with landscape architecture students and realised by partner Programmed.

The role of sound is complex, particularly in cities. Ten sound artists led by artists Catherine Clover and Jordan Lacey created field recordings – external recordings – of the sonic components that make up a biodiverse habitat. The individual sounds were played through three speakers embedded in the structure – moving in waves as you walked around the space.

Fielding embodied the true value of creative collaboration, bringing together five separate disciplines across RMIT University as it evolved and generating conversations on designing spaces for biodiversity and well being within our ever-expansive urban environments.