The Echoing River is a DRS2022 Bilbao Lab project that expresses the relationship between Zorrotzaurre and the river that surrounds it. Working at Espacio Open, 14 students from London and Bilbao have collaborated to materialise this relationship. They present a series of spatial and acoustic experiences that position sonic placemaking as a way to enable shared imagining. Post industrial urban environments offer irresistible opportunities for gentrification. Our aim is to build a shared culture of radical openness in an area of the city currently threatened by property speculation. The process of generating experimental ideas, sharing material explorations, and collaborating across disciplines offers an alternative to orthodox consultation.
With this lab we seek to value what is already here and to show that the fragile and precarious working and living conditions on Zorrotzaurre represent a social and material ecosystem that should be nourished and supported.
The Lab is hosting an open evening June 28th 19.30 – 22.30 at Espacio Open. All are welcome!
Espacio Open, Ribera de Deusto 70, 48014 Bilbao, Spain
London College of Communication
Dora Alvarez Dominguez
Dany Garcia Solano
Nabil Kaoutli Sainz
Ekain Mendiola Ardanza
Miren Pascual Beltran de Heredia
Maialen Borrero Ahedo
Markel Crespo Ramos
Dr John Fass, London College of Communication
Alaistair Steele, London College of Communication
Dr Tyler Fox, University of Washington
Ronnie Deelen, Royal College of Art, London College of Communication