Dàvid Somló @PLACCC Extra

14 may. > 20 may.

Budapest, Hungary

with 'Slow Steps Have Ears'

In 2024, instead of the "usual" PLACCC Dance in May, we will present PLACCC Extra, in the framework of which the XI. and II. we present public programs in the district.

Within the framework of the Space Reservation program of the Capital City Municipality and Pro Cultura Urbis, we present four artists and collectives who are connected in different ways to the XI. and II. district. The Meetlab collective has been the XI. operates its base in the district, Dávid Somló has his own XI. regularly organizes apartment performances in her apartment in the district, and Éva Bubla appeared in the district with smaller public events. On the other hand, Kata Juhasz II. has been active in the district as a doctor and artist for many years.

The public art works included in PLACCC's Extra program offer active involvement to the participants instead of mere public spectacles, they offer the experience of experiencing the city districts in a different way (which makes them local and strengthens the connection), but on the other hand, they touch on more global issues. The projects respond to urban life and environmental challenges, they help the sensory mapping of the urban space and ecosystem, and the (re)connection to it.

Slow Steps Have Ears by Dàvid Somló

 'Slow Steps have Ears', 25 speakers are hidden from sight at public parks, that each play a series of interwoven, site-specific compositions pieced together from locally recorded sounds, snippets of conversations, domestic sounds and minimalist musical elements. Blending in and out of its surroundings, the piece transforms its location into a unique, dreamlike soundscape that invites the audience on an experience somewhere between a sonic meditation and a treasure hunt of sounds.

The speakers scattered around in the space offer a brand new soundscape to the listener from whichever location they choose, through the unique combinations of sounds audible at each location. The composition is repeated hourly, and as each speaker plays a different part that also changes over time, audience members are advised to relocate as often as they wish.

“ Once you start experiencing the world with the sense that the world is actually speaking, every sound of the world is telling you a history (...) You’re reaching across the horizon of time, through sound, through that which continues to speak and echo. But you have to be able to listen. ” - Peter Sellars

‘Slow Steps have Ears' was created within the framework of the of the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists program, with the help of ‘Ferencváros Public Art’ tender, and Placcc Dance Festival.
⊹ Concept & Composition: Dávid Somló 
⊹ Installation: Balázs Kontur 
⊹ Production manager: Fanni Nánay (Placcc Festival)