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1st Edition

Through Time, Space, and Technologies

Edited By

Jacek Smolicki

  • Available for pre-order on January 30, 2023. Item will ship after February 20, 2023
ISBN 9781032044224
February 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Focal Press
220 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Soundwalking brings together a diverse group of contemporary scholars, artists and thinkers in one of the first comprehensive studies of soundwalking – the practice of moving through space while carefully listening to what it has to say – to address urgent challenges and concerns of an environmental, ethical, social and technological nature.

Besides gaining insight into the historical development of soundwalking as a scholarly method and artistic genre, the reader will have a chance to learn from emerging voices concerned with this practice, of many different backgrounds and positionalities. Soundwalking demonstrates how attentive listening and walking might help with more careful and responsible navigation through the complex dimensions of our shared environments and entangled histories, often imperceptible on a day-to-day basis. The book encourages scholars, artists, and also those unfamiliar with the concept, to engage with it in their respective fields and subjects of interest as an interdisciplinary method of critical inquiry and a creative mode of communication.

This book inspires readers to discover anew the potential of walking and listening, and will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of studies directly concerned with sound and beyond, including environmental humanities, arts, design, landscape architecture, media, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Jacek Smolicki

Chapter 1 – Soundwalking in the Phonocene: Walking, Listening, Wilding

Usue Ruiz Arana

Chapter 2 – Walking With Sound: Race and the Prosthetic Ear

Louis Chude-Sokei

Chapter 3 – Walking and Narrating SoundBorderscapes: An Experience in Hong Kong

Elena Biserna

Chapter 4 – Throwing Stones at Nothing

Patrick Farmer

Chapter 5 – Soundwalking Extinction: Listening on Borrowed Time

Milena Droumeva

Chapter 6 – Aural Border Thinking as a Decolonial Soundwalking Methodology

Amanda Gutiérrez

Chapter 7 – Paths of Dependance: Welcoming the Unwelcome

Tim Shaw

Chapter 8 – Soundwalking on the Edges: Land, Safety, and Privilege in São Paulo

Paola Cossermelli Messina

Chapter 9 – Traversing The Concrete Marvel: Walking The Un-Sung City

Katt Hernandez

Chapter 10 – ‘Our Voices Reached the Sky’: Sonic Memories of the Armenian Genocide

Gascia Ouzounian

Chapter 11 – Composing, Recomposing and Decomposing with Soundscapes

Jacek Smolicki

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Jacek Smolicki is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, designer and educator. His work brings historical, critical and existential dimensions to listening, recording and archiving practices in human and more-than-human contexts. He is currently a postdoc researcher at Linköping University with guest affiliations at Simon Fraser University and Harvard and is a co-founder of the Walking Festival of Sound.