SITE SPECIFICS 2020 - workshop with John Grzinich

Mon 19 Oct 2020 - 12:00 to Sun 25 Oct 2020 - 18:00
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Pelt

Intensive 6 day workshop with John Grzinich on field recording and sound art in the public space, with ‘the local’ as a key factor. 

Within the framework of OORtreders Festival 2020, the internationally recognized sound artist and field recordist John Grzinich, will lead a 6 day workshop in Klankenbos. This second edition of SITE SPECIFICS focuses on sensory exploration through listening and site specific sound art in the public space area of Pelt, in East-Belgium. Participants will work within the context of various local natural spaces during the workshop. Starting with auditory observations, they will investigate the relationship between natural, social and man-made conditions and how they affect our perception of the environment. This is the starting point for a series of creative reactions and temporary creations that relate to the aforementioned conditions, elements and forces of nature, such as; sound installations, performative interventions, field recording, research, radio, sound ethnography, compositions, etc.

From their own practices and interests the participants will research different techniques to perceive the “non-human” through sound. Based on this ‘enactive’ involvement, they will work alone or in groups and are thereby challenged to drop anthropocentric perspectives. Working in situ, participants will experiment with methods of relational listening; listening to themselves, others and also the organic and created sound environment created during the workshop.

John Grzinich (EST) has worked primarily with sound composition, performance and installation since the early 1990s with a focus on site-specific and acoustic sound activity. His work has resulted in numerous performances and projects made throughout Europe and the US. His compositions have been published on a number of CDs from such labels as SIRR, Staalplaat , Edition Sonoro, CUT, Elevator Bath, etc. Currently he is project and media lab coordinator for MoKS – Center for art and Social Practice, an international artist residency center and project space in southeast Estonia.

The workshop will culminate in a public presentation during OORtreders Festival 2020 on sunday 25 October. 

Practical information


The workshop is open to students, young creators and professionals from the cultural field interested in sound, participative methodologies and artistic creation in the public space, for example; young adults, sound artists, musicians, programmers, researchers in social sciences etc. The workshop is open for all ages and is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. 

Recording/editing experience

Participants must have recorded sounds at least once before and must be able to use an editing (video or sound) program. It is possible in some instances to work without editing. If possible participants should bring their own personal recording/editing equipment. Laptops for editing will not be provided. 


380 (euros)

This price includes accommodation (shared room) from 19/10-25/10, food, access to bikes, workshop of 6 days and entrance to OORtreders Festival 2020 throughout the whole weekend. The price does not include travel expenses. In case of annulation of the workshop due to the national measurements relating to the global pandemic, all payments will be reimbursed in their entirety. 


Accommodation is included in the workshop; Shared bedrooms are foreseen in Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof. Various B&B ’s in the neighbourhood are also available, however, this cost must be borne by the participant themself. If you wish to stay in a B&B in the area, we can put you in touch with the necessary contact. Please note that the use of private accommodation (B&B) does not impact the workshop fee.


Applications are open to 26 September. The selection will be communicated at the end of September. Payments must be made before 4 October. Registrations are official after payment has been made.


How to get here 

Klankenbos lies in the East of Belgium and is easily reachable via train from Brussels, Brussels Airport and Antwerp city. It is, in addition, also located 35km from Eindhoven airport, albeit with a difficult connection via public transport.

Time schedule

19/10 - DAY 1 (Monday)

15h: Arrival of participants


Workshop introduction

Introduction of participants

Presentation by John Grzinich

18h: Dinner

19h30: Collective discussion and listening session

20/10 - DAY 2 (Tuesday)

08h: Breakfast

9h-12h30: Sensory explorations, exercises in listening

12h30-13h30: Lunch

13h30-17h30: Field Excursion 1, exploring site-specific responses

18h19h: Dinner

19h30: Collective discussion and listening session

21/10 - DAY 3 (Wednesday)

08h: breakfast

Field Excursion 2, small group explorations

12h30-13h30: lunch

13h30-17h30: working with the elements (wind, water, material studies)

18h-19h: dinner

19h30: Collective listening and discussion session (daily feedback)

22/10 - DAY 4 (Thursday)

08h: breakfast

mapping, idea exchange session (project development)

12h30-13h30: Lunch


group working session

18h-19h: Dinner

19h30: group working session (cont’d)

23/10 - DAY 5 (Friday)

(start OORtreders Festival 2020) 

08h: breakfast

10h30: Group Site/Installation tour with all participants

12h30-13h30: Lunch


18h: Dinner

24/10 - DAY 6

Free day - OORtreders Festival 2020 

25/10 - DAY 7

8h: Breakfast

11h-12h30: Presentation of the creations to the public

Recording, pictures and documentation of each installation

Afternoon: OORtreders Festival: program talks ‘Sound & Society’ / expo tour. 

18h: End

Apply here