Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Thinking in Sound workshop
workshop : sound mapping : listening
24 November, 2012 00:00 14:00
Featuring artist: Daina Pupkevičiūtė

Ptarmigan resident artist Daina Pupkevičiūtė leads this urban sound mapping workshop.

Sound is one of the most important cues - as important as vision itself - for a human being to identify and perceive space. We perceive the depth of the space according to a sound's intensity/loudness, auditory pitch and duration.


Human beings tend to associate an urban public space with its sonic ambiance. Sounds, and how they relate to other senses, have the ability to change our relationship with ambiance, although we are rarely (or perhaps never) aware of it. Changing the sound environment in public spaces can change one's relation to the space itself.

Information about human sound perception is useful in city planning; it might also be applied to housing design, the creation of private spaces, etc. as sound plays a very important role in our overall feelings about space and our resulting behavior.

During a sound mapping workshop, we will try to define what is sound and how is it important in our daily lives, then have a walk around the area. Participants will record sound in various places and finalize it all with a listening session and a discussion about the relation between sound and image, soundscapes of our nearest environment and anything else that would go with sound and a cup of tea.

The participants are welcome to bring their own recording devices and headphones if they wish; cookies to go with the tea; questions, and brilliant ideas.

Daina's residency is supported by KulturKontakt Nord.