Continuous Drift will be launched at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on July 2nd 2015, between 6 – 8PM. For more information follow these links:
The launch event will feature a performance by Miki Yui (JP/ DE). Over the course of the evening, those attending the launch will migrate to Meeting House Square to experience the installation for the first time.
Following this launch, the project will be operational in Meeting House Square. To access the project visit:
Continuous Drift is a sound installation by the artist Sven Anderson that will be permanently integrated into Meeting House Square in Dublin, Ireland. The installation acts as a framework for different sonic atmospheres that can be activated by members of the public via mobile devices, to be played back from eight loudspeakers integrated in the four retractable umbrellas that cover the square.
This project includes contributions from the following artists and collectives:
Bik Van der Pol (NL)
David Blamey (UK)
Karl Burke (IE)
Taylor Deupree (US)
Russell Hart (IE)
Slavek Kwi (IE)
Brandon LaBelle (US)
Danny McCarthy (IE)
Dennis McNulty (IE)
Garrett Phelan (IE)
Sarah Pierce (IE)
Raqs Media Collective (IN)
Steve Roden (US)
Dawn Scarfe (UK)
Jed Speare (US)
Wolfgang Voigt (DE)
Mark Peter Wright (UK)
Miki Yui (JP/DE)
Continuous Drift alludes to the Situationist practice of the dérive (or drift), but the project is in fact focused more on an exploration of the concepts of public urban environmental control described by the architect Constant Nieuwenhuys in his ongoing architectural / urbanist project, New Babylon (1959 – 1974). In an exhibition catalog written in 1974, Constant presents this concept as follows:
Each sector [Of New Babylon] will be provided with the latest equipment, accessible to everyone, whose use, we should note, is never strictly functional. In New Babylon air conditioning does not only serve to recreate, as in utilitarian society, an ‘ideal’ climate, but to vary ambiance to the greatest possible degree …
In order to grasp this, let us take the example of a local cafe, a very quiet cafe whose atmosphere would suddenly become animated when some new arrival puts money in the jukebox. In New Babylon, each person can at any moment, in any place, alter the ambiance by adjusting the sound volume, the brightness of the light, the olfactive ambiance or the temperature. Should a small group enter a space, then the ordering of that space can become something else.
[ Excerpt from an essay written by Constant, for the exhibition catalogue published by the Haags Gemeetenmuseum, The Hague, 1974. ]
Continuous Drift is a framework for exploring this concept of public urban environmental control, years after the projects of Constant and the SI have been circulating through many other practices. It poses an open question addressing what might emerge when this concept is implemented in a real place. It also encourages the city to contemplate this form of experiment within the complex sound environments that it already supports, both intentionally and otherwise.
The work of Constant and the Situationists suggests only a loose starting point from which to initiate this mode of experimentation involving atmosphere, the urban sound environment, and the politics of environmental control, inviting diverse perspectives from participating artists.
This project will be launched on July 2nd, 2015, after which it will be active in Meeting House Square.
Continuous Drift is an artwork designed and curated by Sven Anderson within Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design (MAP), a public art project commissioned by Dublin City Council. This work takes place as part of Interacting With the City, the second strand of the Dublin City Public Art Programme, and is funded from the per cent for art scheme through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
This project is integrated into the retractible umbrellas in Meeting House Square designed by Sean Harrington Architects.
To be kept informed about the progress and launch date of Continuous Drift, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the MAP project framework visit: