Aural Architecture ~ Sound ~ Geometry ~ Acoustic Ecology
Cláudia Martinho is a practice-based researcher living in Gerês, Portugal. Cláudia’s research embraces architecture, soundscape studies, geometry, acoustics, psychoacoustics and acoustic ecology. She experiments with environmental sound through a spatial approach, into the architectural design of ambiances, as encounters between humans, non-humans and things.
Her practice is site-oriented and involves field recording, soundscape composition, installation, performance and workshops.
Projects open up potentials of sites and result in a diversity of experiences of environmental sound, enhanced by acoustic spatialisation. On her approach, the resonant soundscape transforms the ambiance dynamics of a site and affects multi-sensory variations. This is a way to engage ecological awareness of surrounding vital forces and symbiotic processes, which are usually neglected by the human being.
Cláudia has presented works in events such as ‘Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place’ symposium (Azores, PT), ‘Lisboa Soa – environmental sound art festival’ (Lisbon, PT), ‘Archaeoacoustics III International Conference’ (Tomar, PT), ‘Architectones: Sound, Art and Architecture Seminar’ (Arc-Et-Sénans, FR), ‘Tuned City – between sound and space speculations’ (Berlin, DE).
She has also been involved in multiple collaborative projects. Among others, she is part of the performance project ‘Drone Ensemble’, was co-editor of the publication ‘Site of Sound: of Architecture and the Ear – Vol. 2’ (2011, Errant Bodies Press), co-curator of ‘evento – public art and urban interventions’ (2009), Biennale of Bordeaux, France, and collaborator with Bureau des Mesarchitectures, Paris, France.
Ph.D. in Music – Sonic Arts (Unit for Sound Practice Research), 2018, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. Thesis title: Aural Architecture Practice. Creative Approaches for an Ecology of Affect. Supervision by Professor John Levack Drever and Dr Iris Garrelfs. Fellowship by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (2011-2014).
Master of Science and Technology in Architectural and Urban Acoustics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, co-program with IRCAM and Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Seine, Université Paris VI, France (2006).
Architect by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Portugal (2001).
Traditional Feng Shui practicioner (advanced), by the Instituto Europeu de Estudos Tradicionais Chineses, Porto, Portugal.
Sound massage therapist, by the Peter Hess Academy, Portugal.
Works, performances, presentations, workshops (selection)
2018. Sound and Architecture: Space as Resonator. Presentation and workshop. In: Sound | Architekturen Seminar, Audiovisual research on materials / Art and Media studies, KHM – Academy for Media Arts Cologne, Germany.
2018. Resonant Architecture. Presentation and workshop. In: Architects 3000 and Universal Geometry, Sicily, Italy.
2017. Experience, Resonance, Attunement. Presentation. In: Archaeoacoustics III International Conference, Tomar, Portugal.
2017. Shores. Residency, workshop, soundscape installation and artists talk. In: Invisible places: Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal.
2017. Passagem. Soundscape installation. In: Lisboa Soa, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016. Exploring Aural Architecture. Artists talks. In: Women In Sound Women On Sound: Sound Education Experience. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.
2012. Radio Sonores. Workshop, aural architecture installation and performance. In: Sound-Space-Signal, Guimaraes European Capital of Culture, Guimaraes, Portugal.
2012. Sound, Space, Geometry. Presentation. In: Pedagooogia 3000: Seminario Internacional de Geometria Universal, Bolívia.
2012. Rhythm Materialism. Workshop and performance. In: Rhythm and Event Symposium. The London Graduate School, United Kingdom.
2011. Drone Ensemble. Live performance. In: Materia Prima, Porto, Portugal.
2011. Topology: Embodying Transformation. Soundscape performance with quadraphonic sound. In: Topology Series, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom.
2011. Vibrational Fields. Resonant soundscape installation. In: The Media and the Senses. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.
2011. Sound Art in Public Space. In: Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
2011. Iannis Xenakis: Music-Architecture. Presentation. In: Workshop on Graphic Partitures with Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
2010. Sound Art in Public Space. Presentation. In: Master Arte e Design no Espaço Público, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
2010. Sound Practice Research. Presentation. In: Research Le Sonic – Sound Art and Design, Le Quai Art School of Mulhouse, France.
2010. Space, Frequencies and Architecture. Presentation in: lost-in-space: interdisciplinary workshop, University College of London, with the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience and the University of East London, England.
2010. Body Sound. With Bureau des Mesarchitectures, curated by Christine Van Assche. Installation and scenography of sound artworks from Centre Pompidou New Media Collection. In: Zebrastraat, Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Ghent, Belgium. Artists: Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Casten Nicolai-Alva Noto, Didier Faustino, Mike Kelly/Scanner, Martin Creed, Keiko Owada, Mika Vainio, Chris Marker, Semiconductor, among others.
2009. evento. Moderator and curator of the public gatherings. In: Biennial of Public Art, Bordeaux, France. Participants: Peter Cook, Joseph Grimma, muf architecture/art, Sam Jacob/FAT, Anne Querrien, among others.
2009. Architectones #2 – conference on sound, art and architecture. Co-mediator. In: La Saline Arc-et- Sénans, France. Participants: Grégoire Chelkoff, Seth Cluett, Raviv Ganchrow, Phill Niblock, Colin Ripley, Edwin van der Heide, among others.
2008. Architectones #1 – conference on sound, art and architecture. Presentation. In: La Saline Arc-et- Sénans, France. Participants: Mark Bain, Yvan Etienne, Philippe Franck, Bernhard Leitner Julien Ottavi, Paul Panhuysen, Carsten Seiffarth, Atau Tanaka, among others.
2008. Tuned City – between sound and space speculation. Presentation. In: Berlin, Germany. Participants: Pascal Amphoux, Barry Blesser, Brandon LaBelle, Max Neuhaus, Chris Watson, among others.
2008. Fiction Vs. Reality. With Bureau des Mesarchitectures, curated by Christine Van Assche. Installation and scenography of video works from the Centre Pompidou New Media Collection. In: CAMJAP, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. Artists: Jordi Colomer, Alexandre Estrela, Didier Faustino, Rodney Graham, Isaac Julien, Chris Marker, Melick Ohanian, among others.
2008. H-Box. With Didier Faustino and Bureau des Mesarchitectures. commissionned by Hermes Foundation. Architectural acoustic study for a mobile space to display video art. Itinerance: Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Yokohama Triennal, among others.
2007. Sound Practice Research. Presentation and workshop. In: Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Le Mans, France.
Past collaborations (selection)
2000-02 / 2006-11 – Bureau des Mesarchitectures, Paris, France. (international exhibitions such as the 11th Architecture Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy; 3rd Yokohama Biennial, Yokohama, Japan; Shenzen and Hong-Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: City Mobilisation, Shenzen, China)
2009-11 – VLF~UHF: time warp and space loop experiences, performance, Paris, France
2006-2011 – Infra, irregular series of sound events for the exploration of imperceptible phenomena, Paris, France and Porto, Portugal
2003-04 – Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
2004 – Acconci Studio, New York, USA
2004 – nArchitects, New York, USA (Canopy temporary structure for the MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s courtyard)