You Never Soundwalk Alone

Transversal and Transformative Potentials of Soundwalking


  • Jacek Smolicki


This presentation concerns my three year postdoctoral research into soundwalking. In my study, I approach the practice in question from the perspective of media arts, environmental humanities and philosophy of technology, putting particular emphasis on its transversal and transformative dimension. It is transversal, because despite its immediacy and situatedness soundwalking always spans broader temporalities, agencies, and locations. It is transformative, because it leaves marks, affects perception and reveals one's positionality within the surrounding environment while shedding light on their privileges and responsibilities. As part of the presentation, I introduce a written narrative from the “Lake that Glimmers like Fire,” one of several soundwalk compositions I have developed as part of my practice-led postdoctoral research.