Listening Glass (Sound Mapping Tool by Teri Rueb & Alan Price)

This interactive sound mapping tool was developed as a probe for participants at the 2015 Harvard conference to use as they reflect on topics and themes raised throughout the conference.

In counterpart to a looking glass, these reflections resonate as audio sources embedded in windows at specific sites where they act as a sounding board for discourse contributed by participants using the mobile web app.

Specific windows or ‘listening glasses’ serve as gathering points for conversation encouraging participants to generate dialogue and exchange in more focused ways.

The app can be used by participants to explore spaces, recording their own thoughts and listening to other contributor’s recordings placed around campus, acting as geo-located audio traces through which the broader campus environment is perceived. Windows at Harvard feature recorded reflections by John R. Stilgoe, Harvard’s Orchard Professor of Landscape History.

Click here to explore Listening Glass.


Teri Rueb is an internationally exhibiting artist who has created GPS-based interactive sound installations since 1996. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction (Digital Musics) and nominations for the CalArts Alpert Award, Rockefeller New Media Fellowship, and Boston ICA Foster Prize. She has received grants and commissions from international institutions including the LEF Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Edith Russ Haus für Mediakunst, The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Boston ICA and La Panacée Centre Pour L’Art Contemporaine. She earned her doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2011 where her research examined constructions of landscape, wilderness and subjectivity in mobile network culture.

Her most recent work, “Other Order”, is a GPS-based sound walk set in the Bussey Brook Meadow of the Arnold Arboretum / Harvard University (free downloadable app is available via AppStore and the GooglePlay store).

Teri Rueb is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo where she is Founder/Director of the Open Air Institute, a platform for connecting field-based learning and collaborative partnerships at the intersection of landscape, ecology, media, art and design.


Alan Price creates networked virtual environments and real time animation for interactive art, games and performance. His work is exhibited internationally and on permanent display in museums of art, culture, science, and history, including an international MUSE award for technology in museum exhibits, Prix Ars Electronica award in interactive art, and inaugural opening of the Deep Space VR theater. His background as an animator and filmmaker influences his work with immersive and interactive storytelling, with his time-based media work awarded and exhibited at numerous film festivals including Black Maria, Transmediale, Humboldt, Anima Mundi, and Ann Arbor, among others.

Price’s most recent work, ConstructAR is an augmented reality multi-user networked mobile app for collaborative making, available for free personal use from Google Play or AppStore.

Price is currently at The Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, where he conducts research and teaches interdisciplinary courses in game design and animation.


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