Tractos [action]

Soraya Braz and Fabio FON  · Tactile-sound-interactive maps action · 2015-2016

The project thinks the public as an active creator, proposing the creation of affective cartographies in the construction of tactile-sound-interactive maps.

Tractos constitutes an art-technology creation platform which aim at creating tactile-sonorous-interactive maps of territories from the perspective of people living in these places. People who live on the mapped areas are encouraged to collect soundscapes in these localities and to drawn a personal cartography, building a collective and interactive creation. Tractos is a platform which makes use of accessible elements as the language of drawing, sound recording using mobile phones and smartphones, programming by blocs and controller boards Makey Makey, which major interest is to offer to inhabitants of differents regions the status of art-technology creators. In 2015, Tractos was performed in four bordering areas from São Paulo city, in Brazil, localities which develop distinct  urban characteristics due to the dispersion of the metropolis. São Paulo is the largest city in South America with 12 million inhabitants. Although this city is the financial capital of Brazil, São Paulo has great social inequality where the rich and well-structured center area contrasts with the more distant urban regions with serious problems of violence, sanitation, leisure facilities and public transport, among others problems. Often there is prejudice about these regions and on the people who live therein, which causes them to become invisible areas even for those who live there. Thus, maps created in Tractos  are a way to discuss these areas from the perspective of those who live in that territory, from the construction of their visual, sound and interactive representations. Tractos  seeks to discuss this perspective through creations that involve social cartography, soundscapes and the poetic representation of these places using digital technologies.


UNIFESP – Extension Advanced Campus Embu das Artes
The production of the Tractos Embu das Artes map had the collaboration of Bene Gomes. Workshop participants held between May and June 2015: Maria Benedita Gomes da Silva, Cleide Silvina da Silva, Rosana de Lima, Laudicéia Souza da Cruz. Exhibition of the tactile-sound-interactive map on September 15, 2015, at the Adrião Bernardes State School, Bororé Island, São Paulo.

Grajaú Culture House Palhaço Carequinha
With the collaboration of the Programa Escola Livre da ONG Comunidade Cidadã. Workshop participants held in July 2015:
Aparecida Almeida T. Santos, Davi Salgado de Souza, Diane de Lapietra, Emillie Bispo dos Santos, Gabriel Soares da Silva, Gabriela Fernandes P. de Lima, Julia Gandra da Silva, Lucas Martin Silva, Maria Eduarda Almeida Fernandes, Monique Verissimo Franca, Roberto Vicente dos Santos Filho, Sâmella Vitória Gomes, Thais Fernanda G. de Lima, Victória Aparecida Pacheco Costa Martins.
Exhibition of the tactile-sound-interactive map on August 2, 2015.

Oficina Cultural Alfredo Volpi
Workshop participants held in August 2015:
Andrew Gabriel Silva Miranda, Bruno dos Santos Sena, João Vitor Santos, Marcelo Carlos, Marjorie Ferreira Diniz de Mello and Yasmin Cristina Piva de Souza.
Exhibition of the tactile-sound-interactive map on September 19, 2015

Casa Ecoativa
Workshop participants held between September and October 2015:
Yuri Lima França, José Henrique Ribeiro de Amarante, Nathan Guimarães de Paula, Jonathan Vieira Martins dos Santos, Gabriel de Oliveira Nogueira, Valéria Melissa Moreira da Silva, Pedro Henrique da S. Costa and Wesley T. Santana Rocha.
Exhibition of the tactile-sound-interactive map on October 24, 2015.

SESC Vila Mariana
Workshop participants held between May and June 2016:
Ricardo Daniel da Silva and Amaia Mendoza.
Exhibition of the tactile-sound-interactive map on June 11, 2016.

SESC Pompeia
Workshop participants held between July and August 2016:
Camila Schiabel, Cleber Gazana, Naige Reis Gonçalves and Rosângela Macedo.
Display of the tactile-sound-interactive map on August 20, 2016.

SESC Arsenal
Workshop participants held between 20 and 24 September 2016:
Amilton Martins (Tompires), Eliete Borges Lopes, Gláucia Oliveira da Silva, Mari Gemma De La Cruz, Mirela Melo and Yuri Kopcak.
Display of the tactile-sound-interactive map on September 24, 2016.

Tractos website (only in Portuguese): .

Automatic translation of the original page in Portuguese.