Concept

Shhhumigrad (“HhhumingCity”) concept works towards changing the perception of locations by analyzing and treating them as a music instruments. Any place can be a source of sound(s), therefore can be played as an instrument and used to perform music. The only rule is not to intervene with found “installation” of the location by bringing objects or instruments. To play the place one must use only objects found originally on the spot.

The workshop + performance part is situated in Belgrade for now (we’ll be preparing a 45 minute ope-air performance of music written and arranged for simultaneous play on/of 5 different corners of Belgrade). But the main idea of the concept is to demonstrate as many corners of the world as music instruments. The idea is to send photos of places from anywhere, and describe how one can “play” them. Maybe there’s an old window that could be tapped on, doors that could be slammed, spout that could be hit with a pipe or a rock, a plastic bag one could crumble… The only rule is to use only objects found on the spot (not your voice or instrument). Explore and record short samples of sounds. Then we can work together on how to demonstrate your newly discovered instrument with interactive animation online. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll have a base of music corners from all around the world, that anyone can use to compose new music or improvise.We will slowly start to build an interactive online base where people can virtually play music on these corners, and also work on creating space for music and sound art commissions, as well as multi-regional collaborations, with perhaps even simultaneous live performances. And also, whatever anyone suggests and thinks of that is doable and interesting.
So, feel free to get involved, take part, suggest…

The main cause of the project is to use creative activity to induce greater caring for the city, environment, community and people who share it, among its participants. The creative tasks motivate citizens to step out of their everyday personalities, create memories with other people, get attached to location and develop deeper understanding for their environment and society.

Another aim of this project is to form an online interactive presentation of city locations as instruments (with photos, sounds and instructions for playing). This will serve to motivate people to participate in the project from any place in the world, create their own in the place they live, or write new music for presented locations.

This project is easily shaped into a workshop for any number of participants. It can be performed with collaboration of groups from different cities, even different countries, and can be realized on the internet. It can be adapted to specific themes, subjects, objects or locations (for example ParkHums, BridgeHums, TrashHums, CornersHum, etc.). Due to its great flexibility Shhhumigrad can be suitable for many festivals regarding art, music, society and environment.

Help us pick locations to play.
Join the workshop.
Sign up forms: in English or Serbian.

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