Soundwalking Interactions is a research-creation project led by Dr. Andra McCartney, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University. This project is financially supported by the FQRSC.
The objective of the project is to explore the use of soundwalks and interactive installations to engage audiences and raise issues about various locations and their histories. A large number of soundwalks are organised by members of the research team in different locations around Montreal (Quebec) as well as across the province and internationally. These soundwalks and the discussions they engender are recorded and edited before being posted online to further exchanges and encourage feedback from participants as well as visitors. Additionally, an interactive audio-visual installation is designed in which movements of participants in a specific space mix sound excerpts (from previous soundwalks) diffused over a set of speakers as well as images of their movements projected on a large screen. These investigations are being published through articles as well as conference presentations and international exchanges with related research groups.
Soundwalking Interactions attempts to widen the definition of the soundwalk and the agency given to participants. It also attempts, through its installation work, to point to the intimate relationships between movement, listening and touching. Our website contains information about the research project and its members, announcements of upcoming events as well as publications and conference presentations produced by the team. Recent posts include an interview with Dr. McCartney following a soundwalk in Kuala Lumpur’s downtown, a summary of a soundwalk with Hildegard Westerkamp through Montreal’s public transportations, short clips and analysis of the most recent installation design session, as well as a keynote conference presentation discussing ethics of soundscape recording. Each of these post allow for comments, and the team can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback, soundwalk proposals or questions about the project.