1st Edition

Soundwalking Through Time, Space, and Technologies

Edited By Jacek Smolicki Copyright 2023
    218 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    218 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    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.

    Chapter 10 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    List of Contributors



    Jacek Smolicki

    1 – Soundwalking in the Phonocene: walking, listening, wilding

    Usue Ruiz Arana

    2 – Walking with sound: race and the prosthetic ear

    Louis Chude-Sokei

    3 – Walking and narrating SoundBorderscapes: an experience in Hong Kong

    Elena Biserna

    4 – Throwing Stones at Nothing

    Patrick Farmer

    5 – Soundwalking extinction: listening on borrowed time

    Milena Droumeva

    6 – Aural border thinking as a decolonial soundwalking methodology

    Amanda Gutiérrez

    7 – Paths of dependance: welcoming the unwelcome

    Tim Shaw

    8 – Soundwalking on the edges: land, safety, and privilege in São Paulo

    Paola Cossermelli Messina

    9 – Traversing the concrete marvel: walking the un-sung city

    Katt Hernandez

    10 – ‘Our voices reached the sky’: sonic memories of the Armenian Genocide

    Gascia Ouzounian

    11 – Composing, recomposing, and decomposing with soundscapes

    Jacek Smolicki


    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 holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Malmö University and is currently a postdoc researcher at Linköping University. He is also a guest researcher at Uppsala University, Simon Fraser University, and 2022/2023 Fulbright visiting scholar at Harvard. In 2019, he co-founded the Walking Festival of Sound.