The Hidden Architecture of the Sounds of Venice
workshop by Bill Fontana

'It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.' Italo Calvino — Invisible Cities

The two day long workshop led by Bill Fontana, one of the world's leading artists known for his pioneering work with sound, is the conclusion of PRIMAL SONIC VISIONS, Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Promoted by IRENA (The International Renewable Energy Agency) and organized by Science Gallery Venice, the workshop will reveal to students and researchers the art of listening by recording the hidden acoustic phenomena in the natural environment as well as structures of Venice. 

From the bridges over the Grand Canal to the waters of the Venice Lagoon, Bill Fontana will teach participants how to reveal and record the hidden architecture of sound in the world around us. Sound will be explored and recorded using hybrid listening technologies of accelerometers, hydrophones as well as microphones. 

Participants will go to recording sites and install an array of multiple listening instruments to reveal and record the complex living sound patterns in these situations. When the recordings are setup, participants will be able to collectively listen through a multiple headphone amp to the in-progress recording. Returning to Ca' Foscari University of Venice participants will then listen to the recordings outside of their original context and discuss what we discovered and what it means as a potential Musical/Sonic Language.

"A sound is all the possible ways there are to hear it"



13 September 2018, 10:00 – 18:00

Ca’ Foscari University - including test sound recordings on the pontoon overlooking the Grand Canal

Ponte di Cà Rezzonico 

first recording session

lunch break

Ponte dei Ragusei 

second recording session

Ponte dei Sartori 

third recording session

back to Ca’ Foscari to listen back to the recordings made in the three different locations and discussion

workshop ends

14 September 2018, 10:00 – 18:00

Meeting at San Giorgio, at the entrance of Fondazione Giorgio Cini

11:30 - 12: 30
The external area of Fondazione Cini including the pier of the island

first recording session 

13:00 lunch break

14:30 - 17:00  
Ponte di Calatrava 

second recording session

back to Ca’ Foscari to listen back to the recordings made in the two different locations and final discussion

workshop ends


The workshop is open to max 20 students and researchers.

Book your place by sending a letter of motivation along with your cv at:

deadline: August 31, at 12am