Colette Aliman is a creative researcher working within the fields of Design and Art. In 2017 she moved from New York City to attend the Contextual Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands. After graduation, in 2019, she launched the platform: Sonic Recalibration Lab to explore the soundscapes that we and other species find ourselves in as a result of the industrial revolution. In 2020, Colette Aliman and Lauriane Heim began their design research platform studiocalh.
Colette finds an intuitive relation to sound and translating complex scientific knowledge into design, a focus in all of her projects. Her topics of interest and research include multi-species-culture(s) sonic intersections, raising awareness of citizen’s choice in a product’s sound design, and speculative R&D in the future of the industrial revolution soundscapes. Her work advocates for the investigation of urban soundscapes through the methodology of intuitive recalibration.
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Sonic Recalibration Lab↘
The mechaphony (mecha- meaning mechanical and phony- meaning sound), the soundscape exuded from devices conceived since the industrial revolution, is a terminology to create a reference point to how we find ourselves in our sonic culture today. With the growth of the Industrial Revolution, humanity’s perception of sound continues to be re-evaluated. The relationship we have with our sonic surroundings is too heavily based on quantifiable means. What would happen if we detach our biases of sound and through experimental practices, redefine and prophesize to envision what our future sonic practices could be? From this question the Sonic Recalibration Lab was born, a platform for cross-modal experimentation in our current and future auditory perception within the mechaphony. The lab encourages collaborations and open for assignments.
Chapter Homeland ↓
In Homeland research is implemented within multi-species sonic cultures. Our planet is home. The vibrational force that we call sound ungulates and caresses every molecule in our home. How has the mechaphony morphed our sonic relations to other species-cultures sound spaces? Inspired by the Goethean practice of conscious-process-participation, we can extend this kind of holistic, participatory science into design thinking and implementation, to inspire nature-culture-nomos-abatement-engineers. We ask what is the role designers and engineers as tuners of the mechaphony?
The Mechaphony Publication
Chapter Prophetica ↓
Prophetica is a space to discover and implement speculative practices as a response to our reflections on the mechaphony. As mechanical technology may begin to resemble and assimilate into our ecologies, will the mechanized soundscape of the mechaphony have an expiration? Looking into the future, if the principles of bio-logic become a part of the design of technology, then there is a complexity that can be prophecised.
In parallel, we are in a moment in time where we have the flexibility to control the sounds that instruments of the mechaphony (devices and machines that find their genesis in the industrial revolution) exude. If the importance of the sound is inserted as a specification from the beginning during the engagement process between engineer and designer, we can then have the sounds of the mechaphony as not a waste by-product, but a sonic deposit that is aesthetic to its locality.
In development is a collaboration between the Sonic Recalibration Lab and Robert Drew (HEK OPS) to create a interactive platform to gather onomatopoeic language that the urban civilian would like to use to envision what the mechaphony could be. In research and development is an interface to create the objects of our future mechaphony, using an onomatopoeic catalogue, users can design the instruments of the future mechaphony by the method of reverse foley. Designing with the sound first, users play the role of engineer and designer to envision our future devices and machines.
Chapter Muse ↓
Muse is a rotating material based research on how we interface with sound. The main focus is to unquantify our relationship to the mechaphony to discover other relational possibilities.
Lauriane Heim and Colette Aliman are two design researchers based in Rotterdam under the name studiocalh, their personal and collective work ranges between performative installations, publications, material, and field research. The duo’s motivation is to show how sound blurs boundaries and mediates the relationship between resistance and power. They find design research necessary within the sonic genre, as the development of our sonic sensibilities creates an alternative structural base to our visually dominated world. Thus they question the sonic borders of design and advocate sound as a material at the forefront of design methods.
Conversing Our Soundscapes of Fear
Soundscapes of Fear
Episodes 1-4 of Conversing Our Soundscapes of Fear podcast
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Along with the other FORMAT laureates, Studiocalh will be debuting our installation and podcast Conversing Our Soundscapes of Fear, a design research project generating links between academic research and sound design practices. It questions the relationship between sound and the spectrum of fear emotions such as distress, apprehension, and alertness. What can the action of listening tell us about our fears?
Studiocalh is happy to announce that Conversing Our Soundscapes of Fear will be co-funded by the Design Grant from The Creative Industries Funds, NL
Excited to announce Studiocalh’s participation in the talent development program FORMAT at Z33.
How can design and architecture encourage critical thinking? This question is at the heart of the new edition of FORMAT. During the lockdown period, the 8 laureates discussed the challenges for their practice and how to present them.
Dutch Design Week, What A Time To Be Alive 2020
Studiocalh presents Soundscapes of Fear during Dutch Design Week 2020
On October 20th we will have our panel: Sound Design and the Spectrum of Fear. This discussion will feature Studiocalh, Marylou, Toros Senan, and Karena Kalmbach. Watch Panel discussion video
Check out Studiocalh’s new sonic investigation into COVID-19 and pharmaceutical supply chains.
Dutch Design Week, G19
Sonic Recalibration Lab goes live this Dutch Design Week