Date: June 12th
Time: 7 – 9 PM
With: Elise ‘t Hart, Soundtrackcity, Annelies Jacobs, Marc Alberto
Location: De Brandweer
Fee: regular is 5 euros, student is 2,50 euros
Language: English spoken

Sounds of Homes & Cities
What sounds frame our daily existence?

We register our daily existence as visual. Yet, our orientation is just as much dependent on sound. We listen carefully to sounds of cars, bicycles, busses, and subways when we navigate through the city, and we listen perhaps even more subtly to sound of coffeepots, laundry machines and moving chairs when we’re at home. These sounds are so intimately known to us, that they don’t reach our consciousness. Yet, when they fall away, we miss something. In this session, Marres explores the sounds of the everyday with artist Elise ‘t Hart, researcher Annelies Jacobs and artist initiative Soundtrackcity.



Elise ‘t Hart

Elise ‘t Hart is a sound artist who combines music, sound and visual arts. In 2013, she founded The Institute for Household Noise. It was the beginning of a large collection of domestic sounds that she registers, manipulates, imitates, imagines and describes: a creaking floor, a buzzing fridge, a ticking heater, the clattering shower water, a blowing extractor hood, chirping birds or a ringing doorbell.‘t Hart also visualizes sounds in films, photos, and installations. People interested in her collection can purchase a weekly sound subscription.
Annelies Jacobs

Trained as architect, software designer, and social scientist, Annelies Jacobs is interested in the relationship between (built) environment, technology, social practices, and cultural beliefs. She draws upon urban and environmental history and sound studies to explore the relationships between urban sound, the appropriation of public space and perceptions of city life. Her research has been used for an interactive sound installation in the Amsterdam Museum.


Soundtrackcity is the name under which Renate Zentschnig and Michiel Huijsman have been making, producing and distributing sound art since 2009. The projects of Soundtrackcity mark joint explorations of the public sonic space, under the guiding idea that participants engage with the city through listening. Soundtrackcity collaborates with local initiatives and institutions, including the Amsterdam Public Library. Examples of their projects are Urban Sound Lab, Sonic West and Crowdsourcing Mr. Visserplein.

Marc Alberto

Marc Alberto is in variable order a composer, saxophonist, and sound artist. From a characteristic combination of tradition in media and technology combined with experimental techniques and processes, his fascination with timbre and texture becomes very clear.

What is Training the Senses?

Knowledge is not only acquired visually at schools through language and text books. Learning involves all of our senses: we learn by listening, tasting, smelling, touching – and even by using our intuition. Through Training the Senses participants explore and discover a new vocabulary for all their senses and a new way to transmit experience and acquire knowledge.
Training the Senses is a ongoing series by Marres, that avoids any division between the speakers, performance and the audience. Everyone is welcome to join.