Acoustic Spaces is a body of works created after a workshop held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania by sound & media artist Frank Schulte.

We formed a group of 4 young artists, Maria Bubuioc (RO), Donika Çina (AL), Ana-Maria Huluban (RO), Maria Loșonți (RO) and created 2 works on the given space, the Fortress Hill in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. These are elements of a sound garden - a part of a bigger sound project created by Frank Schulte, one which encompassed the whole site of the Fortress Hill; documentation can be seen here: Fortress Hill //: Cetatuia

Both of our works were inspired by the audio impact that we had with the place. We felt a strong audio presence of the city which was persistent and didn’t let the space on the site to be felt.
Thus, we tried to find/offer a moment of silence, like a break in time, in order to reflect and to think again about this space and self.

I. Silent chamber
We offered a new way of experiencing the city through sound by entering gradually in a safe and silent chamber inside of an actual tube found on site. The further you go inside the tube, the more the perception of the city changes and slowly becomes silent, thus receiving a precious moment of silence.

In this project we built a membrane which is a transparent wall meant to define two different audio spaces, the city and the park. The membrane is a transparent and delicate skin which together with sound creates a new sound body.
Next to the membrane we put a speaker to transmit a meditative composition of sounds of an old Romanian instrument, ‘tulnic’.
The tulnic was usually blown from a higher hill from where it could be heard by the entire community. This instrument was used especially by sheperds but also by women in the mountains to communicate with their men in order to send them domestic news but also intimate ones. They used it to announce also military conflicts, deaths. The tulnic can also be used as a wind instrument but what interests us more is the way in which it allows people to communicate through the sounds created by blowing through it. Following Frank Schulte's words, "The war is over", we believe that peace can be easily achieved if we put aside cultural differences, especially those of language which existed in this area in Transylvania, and focus instead on the fact that just like the "tulnic", we manage to communicate by breathing, thus being equal human beings.
We found these two elements, the membrane and the tulnic in a perfect relation together. And their relation creates a sound instrument which is also a new audio space per se.


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