Ecumenopolis sound walk – the whole world is one city – British Library London

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Date(s) - 01/09/2019 - 30/09/2019
All Day

British Library

“Ecumenopolis – the whole world is one city”, a series of collaborative and global sound walks created for Sound Walk Sunday 2019.

in the frame of Ecumenopolis, a sound walk project developed for Sound Walk Sunday 2019, globally searching – in and around libraries of large cities-  for similar and different sounds of the cities and their libraries. For Sound Walk Sunday in London, we offer a sound walk with your mobile device around the British Library London.

Recorded sounds and silences inside and around the State Library of Moscow and the City Library of Sao Paulo are placed around the British Library with the collaborative software platform CGeomap, allowing to walk with your mobile device and headphones inside and around the library and hearing simultaneously the silences and ambiances of the other locations.

Ecumenopolis (from Greek: οἰκουμένη oecumene, meaning “world”, and πόλις polis “city”, thus “a city made of the whole world”; pl. ecumenopolises or ecumenopoleis) is the hypothetical concept of a planetwide city. The word was invented in 1967 by the Greek city planner Constantinos Doxiadis to represent the idea that in the future urban areas and megalopolises would eventually fuse and there would be a single continuous worldwide city as a progression from the current urbanization, population growth, transport and human networks.

You will be taken on a drift, looking for what is not there and what is there.

The walk is available on your mobile device by accessing You can access the same url on your desktop/laptop and you can enjoy the walk as well as a soundmap.

Individual walk – available from 1 September – 30 September.
Starting at entrance of British Library.
Duration: 1 hours
Headphones and smartphone with mobile data connection needed.

Artists: Ekaterina Trubina, Lisa Sazonova, Maria Molokova -State Conservatory Moscow, Fabiana Quintana, Henrique Souza Lima, Yonara Dantas, Migue Antar,  NuSom – University Sao Paulo. Lead by Geert Vermeire. Created with CGeomap.

Video CGeomap

A production of Sound Walk Sunday 2019 and CGeomap.