European Sound Delta is a 3 months nomadic residency navigating on the Rhine and Danube rivers, a performance across Europe and a radio project concerned with the perception of traversed spaces.
Two boats will simultaneously navigate upstream on both great European rivers from the North Sea and the Black Sea down to Strasbourg. Studios of production and crews of artists -either invited or having responded to a call for participation- will be on board. During Summer 2008, participants will be asked to compose sound pieces and create in-situ devices from recordings made in the crossed cities: ambiences, languages, music… During each boat-call, the public spaces of the cities will become a sound territory to explore but also a place for diffusing the work of artists through a series of events: concerts, performances, installations, itineraries… In its final stage, the completed works will be gathered and exhibited as part several sonic cruises in Strasbourg (26-27-28 September 2008).
By involving a great number of participants European Sound Delta thus prefigures an original network of artistic and cultural cooperation focused on sound art. It will also enable young people needing professional integration to get acquainted with sound creation techniques. It will be possible to follow the entire project from a distance thanks to an ephemeral radio jointly operated with local radios and an online Travel Blog, where the artists will post their sketchbooks.