Libraries as Gardens is a creative project that wants to geolocate and map, on a global scale, the before, during and after of the coronavirus lockdown, through sound recordings and the stories of people, told and read in the libraries of their houses during the pandemic and about the public gardens that they remember. 
The recordings are simultaneously transferred in an augmented audio project, creating sound walks for the future, in the gardens when they open again, made available (for free) through CGeomap for all their walkers

We ask you to send us two recordings to be made by you in your "personal library" or in your reading space, during the pandemic and BEFORE THE END OF DECEMBER 2020.

First recording about a memory you have about a garden (up to 3min)

Second recording reading from a book in your home (1min ambient sound/silence of your reading space, then 2min reading aloud a text of your choice)

A photograph of you in your personal library or reading space.

Send your recordings here
or via e-mail:

The process of recording and sending can be completely done on this website:
in a few steps and in a few minutes, you don't need an own recording device or camera.

The deadline is the end of December 2020.

The final result will be a global map in progress with your sound recordings and stories available from the end of May 2020 on, a walking app for public gardens around the world and curated audio walks in a selection of larger cities: Sao Paulo, New York, London, Brussels, Athens, Seoul - and maybe yours with your help as local editor.

The project is calling to creators worldwide, that are in lockdown. It is collectively created, via this global call, with CGeomap, a digital platform and open-source software for Geo-Storytelling, allowing simultaneous group creation of spatial narratives and writing. The concept of CGeomap is based on collaborative online creation and is a tool of connection with the Earth in our time of global crises. Participation is also requested as a volunteer CGeomap editor and with sound editing skills.

Information available on the websites below.