Place listening



26 September – 24 November

ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Maridalsveien 3, Oslo

Organisers ROM and Oslo Architecture Triennale

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday: 11:00-17:00


Photo: Anna Emilie Rosen

Photo: Anna Emilie Rosen

If you are not able to join the collective walking tour, or wish to re-visit, you can explore the neighbourhood and stream selected site specific audio with your smartphone here.

What if the focus of urban living was not productivity but play?

Place Listening explores how playful urban listening can expand the relationships between people and the places they inhabit. We live in a time where efficiency is favoured over play: roads are for circulation not interaction; places are designed around consumption not co-existence; we sleep not to dream but to be productive the next day. Listening and play can enable forms of awareness that challenge these ingrained norms and allow for different ways of being in the city.

Place Listening is developed with citizens and visitors of Oslo through a series of listening, playing, and walking workshops in May 2019. Recordings of the workshops have been edited into a site-specific audio walk around the area of ROM. Inside the gallery, you can experience a sound-based documentation of this audio walk and the process behind its making. Grab some headphones and let the Future guide you through a playful exploration of the stories, opinions and places of the present.

Place Listening is presented in collaboration with the Car-free Livability Programme.

Nina Lund Westerdahl works magic in the field of critical urban practice and playful arts. An architect by training, she realizes collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, taking on roles as artist, scenographer, graphic designer, or curator. Nina holds an MA in Architecture from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and worked as an architect in Denmark, Zurich, Sierra Leone and Palestine before expanding her practice into the wider cultural field of urban practice.As a member of urban artist group zURBS since its inception in 2011, Nina has realized over 40 urban art projects across Europe, all of which engage different publics in exploring and rethinking the fabric of city life.

Cecilie Sachs Olsen is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of London. Her work is practice-based and revolves around developing creative methods for urban research and exploring how artistic practice can be used as a framework to analyse and re-imagine urban development, space and politics. Cecilie is the chief curator of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019. She is also the co-founder of the urban performance collective, zURBS and the artist duo SACHS/WESTERDAHL. Cecilie has led a series of art projects around Europe and recently published the book ‘Socially Engaged Art and the Neoliberal City’ (Routledge, 2019).

More information here. Limited number of seats.