Replacement Soundscapes: WWF Shanghai- Taihu | 源声谱：WWF上海- 太湖
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Taihu is a lake in the Yangtze delta and is one of the largest freshwater lakes in China after Poyang and Dongting Lake. It shares its shores with the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Rapid development around its shores had deteriorated its natural balance and finally, in 2007 a massive algae breakout occurred as a result of industrial pollution and bad water practices endangering the human and wildlife populations along its shores. Since then the conditions at Taihu have been progressively improving as better industrial waste management and water conservation practices are put into place.
In 2015 the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated the Taihu International Forum to serve as a platform for the exchange of international river basin governance and the promotion of the reform and innovation on basin governance in China. The forum has been successfully held for three years in row, thanks to strong support from partners across government departments, research institutions, business sectors, and from academic experts.
Following the release of the 4th Taihu International Forum Report in September, I contacted the office in Shanghai to see if they would be interested in a temporary soundscape sound installation for the exhibition space of their office where they have public talks and meetings. The sounds from Taihu is a way to connect clients and employees to the cause they are working so hard for.
Recording location map
The recordings are done in two locations in Yixing, Jiangsu. One location is around farmlands about 30 km from the lake, and the other right at the shore of the lake. November means the end of the rice harvest season and the air was filled with tractor sounds and the smell of burning fields. At the lake, I found the endless sounds of waves and wind. Sleeping irrigation pumps and workers housing are abandoned for now, waiting for warmer weather.
The soundscape installation is designed to last one month in the space and will play every day continuously for 12 hours in the month of December.
Replacement Soundscapes is a project made for companies and organizations to connect their employees and visitors with their social and environmental initiatives through the use of sound. The soundscapes 'replace' your immediate sonic environment with natural, localized sounds to enhance the mood and well being of public and semi-public areas of a space.
You can play the recordings into your own space via the links above.