Adriana Ronzewska-Kotynska (author)

The 5-storey-high “Audiomurale” project is set on the wall of a townhouse at Rzeznicka Street in the Old Town district of Elblag (Poland). Extensively damaged at the end of World War II, Elblag’s Old Town waited until the 1980’s for major reconstruction works, which eventually took the form of so-called “retro-version”. As that area was essentially a vast empty square for several decades, nowadays it calls for a revival of its historical urban – or simply urban – ambience. One of the biggest problems of Elbl?g’s Old Town district is emptiness, manifested both in the still underdeveloped blocks and in the lack of visible activity of citizens. Despite the sustained efforts of municipal authorities, it is still generally perceived as the city’s “dormitory district”, and as such – it requires reinvigoration.

For the purposes of this participatory project, interviews were conducted with passers-by, people working or living in the Old Town. Many respondents were happy to express their views on the advantages and disadvantages of living in Elbl?g’s meant-to-be city centre. Selected opinions – including some unprintable remarks – were transferred onto a blank wall of a townhouse in the form of spectrograms (i.e. sound wave patterns). The mural can now be deciphered (and listened to) via mobile phone (thanks to a QR code).