Water Topophony sets up a soundscape composed of water streams in an urban space. The slopes of Belleville in Paris evoke the winding paths of the water to the names of the streets: rue des Cascades, rue des Rigoles, rue de la Duée. Two realities are superimposed on this territory: a mineral space that is essential on the surface, an invisible liquid space made up of sources and aqueducts in the basement. Water Topophony proposes to evoke this liquid space on the surface by staging a navigable soundscape using a smartphone-type mobile phone. The device thus encourages the user to explore and reveals hidden dimensions of a familiar urban space.
Orbe won Grand Prix of Innovation of the city of Paris 2013 with a special Design Mention for Water Topophony.
Partners IRCAM, ENSCI-les Ateliers, LIMSI, Navidis, User Studio
Official website orbe.mobi
Water Topophony is available for free on the App Store
Access Parc de Belleville, Couronne (line 2), Belleville (lines 2 and 11), Pyrénées (line 11)
Water Topophony was the subject of a free event in June 2012.