Sounding Belfast During COVID-19 (Lockdowns)

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Belfast, UK

Walking piece details

What you need: Mobile phone + headphones/earphones.
Instructions: Go to one of the 17 locations on the map (listed below), walk into the circle, and audio will play (can press pause/play also).

During a global pandemic, countries and cities have become literal ghost towns. Once flustered with sounds from human activities, it has now been overtaken from the once subtle industrial, urban, and natural sound environments. Recording multiple points during the lockdown, we are able to chronologically experience the differences imposed by Covid-19 restrictions and how these spaces have changed from the start of the global pandemic. The recordings focus on periods of Lockdowns (1-3), the Exit Strategies (Summers 2020 and 2021), as well as the Removed Restrictions.

Currently, there are 78 audio files on the map and 17 areas recorded:

1. Albert Memorial Clock
2. Arthur Square
3. Belfast City Hall
4. Botanic Gardens
5. Cathedral Quarter
6. Church Lane
7. Commercial Court
8. Dublin Road
9. Great Victoria Street
10. Laverys Bar Belfast
11. Lisburn Road
12. Queen’s Arcade
13. Queen’s University Belfast
14. Shaftesbury Square
15. St-Anne’s Cathedral
16. The Entries
17. Bridge Street

This project reflects through an auditory and sonic art perspective how the city sounds like without the presence of humans or the normal amount of human density in popular areas in public spaces of Belfast.

Post-experience survey:

Georgios Varoutsos

Georgios Varoutsos

I am a sonic artist and researcher from Montreal, Canada. I am currently completing my PhD studies at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have completed a Master’s in Research – Pass with Distincti...

Near Belfast, UK

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