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Sampling Sounds of Coventry’s Future


What does the future of Coventry sound like? The future depends on many forces, elements, actors, and events. Engaging with the future demands attention to both the expected and the unexpected. Sampling Sounds of Coventry’s Future focuses on interactions between the city and its universities, in the making of Coventry’s futures, and what that sounds like.

The project will start with a series of opening conversations where academics and artists working in various media who will share sounds, images, objects, maps or other materials to address the question “What does the future of Coventry sound like?” This will be followed by an open “call for sounds” where Coventry residents can collect sounds of their own using smartphones or field recorders. This could include sounds of woodlands, the city centre or workplaces.

Researchers will also gather archival sounds of Coventry’s past that may anticipate its future timeline.

Creative practitioners, including artists, composers, sound designers and performers, will be invited to respond to these sound samples and archived sounds of Coventry’s future by creating compositions and performances.

The project will culminate in a public roadshow event in Coventry in October. All participants will be invited to sample, participate, in and perform the re-sampling of sounds. This will take multiple creative forms, including performances, poetry, visual projections and recorded performances constructed from collected sounds.

Find out more about the project.


The project is led by Professor Noortje Marres from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick and Dr Nirmal Puwar from the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. It is supported by the Warwick Institute of Engagement and the Warwick-Monash Alliance Catalyst Project 'Creating the Possible.'