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“Walking With is a project that explores walking as a form of artistic inquiry and expression.  Walking with site

Walking generates embodied knowledge through encounters with the dynamics of place. We become more of ourselves with each movement. Likewise, as we leave our trace, our presence shapes where we walk.

Twelve artists were invited to share their insights about how walking informs their practice. The invitation is now extended to you, the listener, to join us as we reflect on the pedagogical potential of walking. How and what do you learn while walking?

Each of the contributing artists has created at least one art work within the region of Tio’tia:ke – Mooniyang – Montréal. As a localized portrait of contemporary walking art practices, Walking With reveals the range of motivations and ruminations that co-exist amongst artists who walk.

All of the artists are also women because, quite simply, their perspectives are compelling. Specifying gender was also a deliberate decision to help infuse the international walking art discourse with a plurality of lived experiences.”

This project description was taken from the website, by producer and curator Pohanna Pyne Feinberg.

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While walking

While Walking McCartney video

 

Pohanna Pyne Feinberg interviewed me about the walking aspect of soundwalking, as part of a project on walking and art. In this video, we discuss such issues as pacing, personal history, the culture of mobility, and still listening.

I went to visit the Pier 21 museum in Halifax, which focuses on immigration to Canada, and has a special exhibit this year for Canada 150. One activity it asks of museum-goers is to write about their first day in Canada, which I did. It was August 1968. I remember clearly walking by a vacant lot by the highway between our high-rise apartment and the restaurant where we had dinner that day. The lot was filled with chirping crickets, and that sound along with the pervasive sound of a multi-lane highway, seemed very Canadian to me as an immigrant from the UK. Both highway and insect sounds were unusual to my ears, although it feels strange to write that now, having become so accustomed to them in the intervening half century. In both cases, it was a buzzing, layered, sound caused by many individuals. And it turns out that my perception of the cricket sounds as unusual, and more Canadian than English, has an ecological reason. At that time in the UK, crickets were almost extinct because of industrial farming practices. So I would not have heard a field filled with crickets like that before.

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While walking

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

While walking is a research project headed by Pohanna Pyne Feinberg, who lives currently in Montreal, and did a residency at the Dare Dare centre.

While Walking is a research project that explores walking as an artistic process and practice. How can walking contribute to the creative process? How can we understand walking as an art form? How does interaction with public space influence walking art practices? In what ways does the urban environment become a source of inspiration, distraction or perhaps intimidation? And, more specifically, what experiences do artists who are women encounter as they make art that involves walking the streets?

While Walking is an opportunity to learn from Montreal-based artists who walk as an aspect of their diverse art practices. Excerpts from recorded conversations with the artists will be shared in the format of an audio walk designed to enable the listener to reflect on the artists’ ideas while walking through the city.” While Walkingproject

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September 13, 2015 Leave a comment

City Sonic Ecology

http://citysonicecology.com/

“The trilateral project City Sonic Ecology – Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana and Belgrade brings together the capital cities of Switzerland, Slovenia and Serbia respectively and explores the phenomenon of the urban soundscape and its potential and role in shaping the affective economies (Ahmed 2004). Drawing on the connection of acoustic ecology with affect studies (cf. Goodman 2010; Kanngieser 2012), the project interrelates approaches of urban ethnomusicology, soundscape research, and affective theory and investigates the ways people invest their hearing capacities in the various kinds of identity building and politics of belonging. Also taking into consideration architecture, urban planning and space representations, the project focuses on dichotomies in urban soundscapes, such as invisible vs. symbolic, private vs. public, and noise vs. music. The work focuses on three broader themes:

1) Religious city soundscapes
2) Urban soundscapes as places of political participation
3) Individual city soundscapes.

The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within its SCOPES programme. The project will last … to 31 August 2017.”

La marche – est haute 4 juin 2015

Le 4 juin 2015, David Madden va donner une balade sonore “Soundwalking home” (15:00h),
St. Viateur et Outremont.

This is one stage of the sound art and writing project “Here be dragons” by Andra McCartney.

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On 4 Jun 2015, David Madden will be giving a soundwalk entitled “Soundwalking home” beginning at 3 pm, rain or shine (except thunderstorms).

Une partie du projet “La marche – est haute” dirigé par Eric Mattson. “La marche (est haute) présente, entre avril et juin 2015, dix interventions numériques, sonores et artistiques en milieu urbain.”
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