The app is available for free in the App Store as well as in Google Play:

A buzzing clatter fills the shimmering summer heat. Sitting in the green of the park, they murmur of the past, present and future. The cicadas of this audio play are gossipers and voyeurs. They observe the world and speculate about the nature of things. They use ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) to beguile and relax us, reminding us that there are realities beyond the human one. They promote awareness of our environment, our human and non-human companions*, and ourselves

CICADA GAMES is an ASMR audio play designed as an augmented reality app for Kongreßpark Vienna. A whisper about history and time, isolation and conspiracies.

A whisper about history and time, isolation and conspiracy.

Referring contextually to the radio play Die Zikaden (1954) by Ingeborg Bachmann and Plato’s Phaidros, CICADA GAMES throws us into an acoustic frenzy. The mythological cicada figures sit in the trees and whisper to us both truth and falsehood from their perspectives as children of the muses.

Kongreßpark, the green oasis surrounded by the cityscape of Ottakring, is named after the Congress of Vienna (1814-15). Its history is marked, as well, by the various Viennese and European conflicts in the 20th century. On this inner-city front, for example, the socialists held out against the spread of fascism in the 1930s (February Fights). Today, the carefree Viennese daily life unfolds at that same location, and we feel the left-wing socialist utopias from Viennese modernism (Red Vienna).

As a poetic reinvestigation, this audio play makes aspects of information, power and ideology tangible to the park visitors. It is an augmentation of the park experience through a virtual sound space that adds an extra layer of mysticism and glamour to our reality. In this fictional world, the whispering cicadas appear as mediums of silenced ghosts of the city (Teresa Feodorowna Ries, Hilda Doolittle, Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and others) as they ponder their own existence.


Kongreßpark Wien Ottakring, 1160 Vienna

Further Information

You can find the whole recording here as well:



Here you can find a video teaser about the project:

Link to the app instructions:

Claire Tolan *1986 in Ohio (USA), lives and works in Berlin (D).
Curator: Lona Gaikis
Production: czirp czirp - sonic and experimental arts Vienna
Artistic production: Milena Georgieva



Time Period

June 18, 2021 to June 17, 2023

Tram 2 & 10, Liebknechtgasse

In cooperation with BMKOES and the Cultural Commission of the Ottakring District.

With the kind support of Ilixa Limited.

Education - Events


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Czirp Czirp - CICADA GAMES
Recording German
Recording English

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