3 Sep 14:00
- 17:00

Clocks: Music and sound in public space

The Dutch historian Johan Huizinga gives a wonderful description of the soundscape of medieval towns and villages in Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen (Autum of the Middle Ages). The sound of bells and carillons was omnipresent therein as a means of warning, celebration, and mourning. Although their function has changed, even today we are surrounded by the music of carillons and the sound of bells. Yet the presence of this resounding heritage in public space is no longer self-evident. Government funding for the maintenance of bells and carillons is under pressure and the chiming of bells is increasingly the subject of legal disputes.