Winter School 2020 – Theme & Registration

8th edition

Listening pieces:
experimentation, exhibition, sensory interactions

The winter school organized by CRESSON within the framework of the International Sound Week takes the form of a week of discovery and observation to introduce and explore the laboratory’s methods and productions associated with the sound environment, its study and transformations.
It is aimed at students, teachers, researchers, decision-makers, architects, artists, urban planners, sociologists, sound recorders… and to anyone interested in sound.

It will happen from

27th to 31st January 2020

at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble,
under the responsibility of Grégoire Chelkoff and Théo Marchal (Architectes)
with Eléonore Bak, artist, sound artist, teacher a tthe school of art of Lorraine France

Thematic Theme

“Listening piece”, consists of a sound and spatial investigation through the production of an experimental artifact or sound installation to create and experiment spaces and situations to be lived and heard. The term “piece” is used in both meanings of the term: piece to listen to, living room. The sensitive experiences of the places we inhabit or pass through are associated with specific devices that make or modulate the partition of our sound experiences. The objective is to question these spaces of use and/or these uses of spaces through testing and experience by creating situations, conditions, or even sound provocations.

This intensive and immersive time will be an opportunity for participants to discover the concepts and methods of the laboratory, but also to experiment and invent on these bases.
Sound production associated with an experimental space artifact or sound installation will be the objectives of this week. The listening device questions the notion of exposure and sound experimentation based on the study of a neighbourhood and on sound archives and/or restitution devices.

Once completed, the “listening pieces” will also solicit the other senses associated with the spatial experience: movement, tactility, luminosity, scents in order to question the sensory interactions and ambient qualities evoked or perceived in the installations produced.


Theories and practices over 5 days, from monday to friday.

– Four  debates sessions will be held each day to present the key concepts and methods introducing the sound dimension into the approach to landscape, urban spaces and architecture.
– The afternoons will be devoted to the in situ approach and the design of listening rooms installations. They will take place on the selected sites (sound recording, experiments) and/or in the production workshop (editing and mixing) at the school of architecture & CRESSON laboratory.

A presentation of the manufactured installation will take place on the last afternoon of the week. The installation will remain in place for one month for testing purposes.

(the detailed program will be available soon on

Working languages: English / French


In addition to the laboratory researchers involved in the theoretical courses, this winter school will welcome this year as external guests:

David HOWES, Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Director of the Concordia Sensorial Research Team (CONSERT), International guest speaker with the support of IDEX University Grenoble Alpes

Conférence Wednesday 29 January, 18 h

Christian HUGONNET (to be confirmed) ——– Acoustician, in charge of the France/Unesco sound week


Installation management team 

Éléonore Bak (Artist, teacher at the shool of art of Metz) Grégoire Chelkoff (Architect, urban planner, ENSA Grenoble – Cresson),  Théo Marchal, (Architect, PhD student, ENSA Grenoble – Cresson), juL McOisans (mediatician, ENSA Grenoble – Cresson).
Assistant: Laureen Gomez, Chloé Gérard, Nuria Alvarez-Coll.


Registration & fee

Registration is now open.
For that please download the Fiche_Inscription_registration_form_WS_2020

and send it back to
before the 5th of january

Basic rate: 300 € for professionals, teachers, researchers
Reduced rate: 100 € for doctoral students excluding ENSAG and partner institutions
Free of charge for students, ENSAG doctoral students, doctoral students from partner institutions and job seekers or similar. »

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