HÖRWEG (“listening path”) is an augmented reality project series in rural areas aiming to invite visitors to take soundwalks. It conveys topics of history, present, nature, and ecology via on-site auditory experiences. Discover your acoustic surroundings! HÖRWEG’s auditory attractions can only be experienced on-site and in motion.
HÖRWEG addresses the theory of Acoustic Ecology, studying the interrelationship between living beings and their environment and therefore the requirements for the significance of listening in society. Through conscious discovery of “Hörenswürdigkeiten” (i.e. “things worth listening”) in everyday life or the production of carefully designed listening opportunities in art and media, interested participants can be motivated to active hearing and listening. HÖRWEG’s goal is to support an active listening culture.
The soundscapes and audio-features of HÖRWEG are accessible exclusively on-site via smartphone and headphones. Only by using Locative Media, i.e. the application of media tied to a certain place, HÖRWEG’s Augmented Reality approach unfolds: The specific locations’ existing soundscapes are expanded by the respective listening station’s soundscape or audio-feature.
HÖRWEG is an ongoing Research and Creation project in Scientific and Artistic Direction of Prof. Sabine Breitsameter developed in 2019, supported by provider of the idea Franz Zoth (New Media representative, Odenwaldklub e.V.).
Core team since 2019: Dr. Oliver Herrmann, Dr. Robert Loew, Dipl. Des. Marisa Herrmann and Xenia Kitaeva.
Joined in 2020: Natascha Rehberg M.A., Celina Schimmer and Esther Wilka.
In collaboration with Joschua Keßler, Ahmet Seker as well as David Campling, Josia Krug, Johanna Miller, and Friederike Ott.
Assisted by international students of M.A. program International Media Cultural Work (IMC) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
HÖRWEG Dieburg: An acoustic expedition through Dieburg Forestry.
Alongside Herrenweg eight listening stations call attention to interesting, astounding and pleasant sounds of nature.
The sounds are characteristic to the respective locations, yet rarely audible: For instance in certain weather conditions, at certain times of day or year, or in presence of certain beings.
HÖRWEG Dieburg is a cooperation of Odenwaldklub e.V. and Forschungszentrum für Digitale Kommunikation und Medieninnovation (DKMI) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
HÖRWEG Dieburg opened on 29.09.2019.
HÖRWEG Schaafheim: An acoustic expedition through the historic town centre.
Ten listening stations raise attention towards specific locations in Schaafheim. Selected stations offer an acoustic expedition to locations and buildings rich in history, to recollect and discover.
With its Augmented Reality approach HÖRWEG offers experiences and information otherwise not accessible on-site. The listening stations’ short audio-features make town history tangible via interviews, original sounds, and spoken text.
HÖRWEG Schaafheim is a cooperation of Heimat- und Geschichtsverein and Gemeinde Schaafheim with Steinbeis-Transferzentrum audio°vision°experience>360° (AVE360) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and Odenwaldklub e.V.
HÖRWEG Schaafheim opened on 31.10.2020.
HÖRWEG Groß-Bieberau: An acoustic expedition through nature, past, and present.
Ten listening stations form a municipal archive and lead to specific locations in Groß-Bieberau. Recollect memories and discover something new on an acoustic expedition to locations and buildings rich in history.
With its Augmented Reality approach HÖRWEG offers impressions and information otherwise not accessible on-site. The listening stations’ short audio-features make town history tangible via interviews, original sounds, and spoken text.
HÖRWEG Groß-Bieberau is a cooperation of Stadt Groß-Bieberau and Odenwaldklub e.V. with Steinbeis-Transferzentrum audio°vision°experience>360° (AVE360) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
HÖRWEG Groß-Bieberau opened on 08.11.2020.