PERFORMANCES

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MONDAY 05.04.2021, 5PM (CET)





The performance begins at 5:30PM after a short walk-through the festival program. Register here.



OPENING EVENT

Introduction to the festival and a brief walk-through the program followed by a performance.

TRANSFERENCE / Ronda Bautista, Sepideh Karami, Tim Shaw, Jacek Smolicki

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we walk and listen. Some have argued that our shared soundspaces have radically metamorphosed during this time of change. In addition, the ways we now experience our soundscape has also been transformed. Transference, the opening performance of the Walking Festival of Sound, takes the audience for simultaneous walks in Kraków and Edinburgh, two cities historically bound by a twin city partnership. Separated by a distance of approximately 2000 km, two soundwalkers embark on unscripted strolls in their respective neighbourhoods. While walking in isolation from each other, network technology brings their visually and aurally mediated movements together. It assembles them on one screen, accessible via a live-stream for the viewers and listeners who could technically be located in any possible proximity to the soundwalkers. Sounds from the walkers' mobile phones are processed in real-time by two other people separated by a distance of approximately 1800 km. The resulting soundscapes are transferred back into the video stream from the soundwalkers. Doomed to fail, Transference attempts, somewhat naively, to entangle human, infrastructural and technical agencies in order to transfer the twin towns' union from the virally destabilized world through the intrinsically uncertain web of network technologies.

Ronda Bautista is a painter and multi-media artist. Her works concern the immediate environment, and the need to document, archive, analyse and articulate changes of urban landscapes in diverse geographical areas. A walking practice is the essential part of her process. During her walks, she observes and collects photographic and audiovisual material in order to transpose them into paintings, drawings or spatial installations. Her recent work brings attention to ephemeral constellations of objects spontaneously set up by the city residents in various spaces. Bautista is interested in how artificial, makeshift and formalized elements of landscapes contribute to the urban fabric of Kraków, and how the city landscape is subject to transformation due to the air pollution. She graduated from the Castilla - La Mancha University and has resided in Kraków since 2011.

www.rondabautista.es

Sepideh Karami is an architect, writer, teacher and researcher with a PhD in Architecture, Critical Studies, from KTH School of Architecture, Sweden (2018). She works through artistic research, experimental methods and interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of architecture, performing arts, literature and geology, with the ethos of decolonization, minor politics and criticality from within. She has presented, performed and exhibited her work at international conferences and platforms, and is published in peer reviewed journals. She has been a Lecturer at KTH School of Architecture since 2018, and is currently a Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Edinburgh, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she develops her research project "Decolonizing Infrastructures: Architecture in an Ecological Era".

www.sepidehkarami.com

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. Shaw has been lucky enough to work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, Dirty Electronics, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Tetsuya Umeda, Jacek Smolicki and Sebastien Piquemal.

www.tim-shaw.net

Jacek Smolicki is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and soundwalker. His works brings historical and critical dimensions to recording practices and technologies in diverse contexts. Besides working with existing documents, archives and heritage, Smolicki develops alternative modes of sensing, recording, para-archiving, and mediating stories and signals from various sites, scales, and temporalities. His work is manifested through soundwalks, soundscape compositions, site-responsive performances, experimental para-archives, audio-visual installations, and diverse forms of writing. He is currently a postdoc researcher at Linköping University exploring the history and prospects of soundwalking and field recording practices from the perspective of media arts, environmental humanities, and philosophy of technology. He has exhibited internationally and in 2019 co-founded the Walking Festival of Sound.

www.smolicki.com


TUESDAY-SUNDAY 06-25.04.2021





This project will be carried out during the entire festival. Those who register will be put in touch with Brett Ascarelli to follow further instructions. Register here.



YOU + NON-YOU:
ASSIGNMENTS FOR APPROACHING INFINITY
/
Brett Ascarelli

"Initially I was confused about how to enter the dialogue and couldn't find my voice." - Julie Ault

An aspen. An ancestor. An adolescent. An alga. “You + Non-You: Assignments for Approaching Infinity” provides a set of assignments inviting you to try to embody elements of non-you things and beings whom you might not at first understand. Can listening help you find out where you overlap with a non-you, thereby revealing and even erasing the edge of your understanding? Some assignments hinge on making an actual connection with a non-you (like, picking up the phone), whereas others are faster and rely solely on your own imagination (think Ono’s Grapefruit). There won’t be any grades, but if you choose, you’ll be able to share the fruits of your labor. Sign up to receive assignments throughout the festival. Indicate whether you’d like to receive them via WhatsApp, e-mail or SMS (only for iPhone). Most assignments will be delivered during the waking hours of Central European Time, but other deliveries may be timed to coincide with optimal conditions in your city or town, so please list where you are located.

Brett Ascarelli works as a public service radio journalist in Sweden. Independently, she makes independent audio projects in which she is particularly interested in experimenting with different ways to create stories, including through assignments. Her indy project, the Assignment Bureau podcast, was one such test. Her audio work has won an honorable mention at In The Dark – Sheffield Doc/Fest, it has also been played at the International Features Conference, and it has been nominated for a Prix Europa. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Performing Arts and Media from the Stockholm University of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Experience Design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

www.brettascarelli.com


FRIDAY 09 and 16.04.2021, 4PM (CET)





This performance is in collaboration with We're All Bats. You can book your tickets via their website.



NET WALK / Tim Shaw

Net Walk is a sound and video piece that uses different listening and visual technologies to create a walking performance which is broadcast online. Net Walk engages with the act of walking, recording and broadcasting as a performance in response to the soundscapes and networked topologies the performer walks through. The performer collects acoustic and electromagnetic signals from the immediate environment and transmits them to audience members who are looking and listening in via an online stream. Environmental sounds and WiFi networks are sensed and sonified through specially made equipment. Using a DIY system the performer can process and manipulate the collected sounds and visuals and build an improvised composition with the sonic environment which is moved through. Through a wearable camera, you see mediated aspects of the visual space. Each performance is specific to its geographical and temporal context and the performance system has been designed to manifest this site-responsiveness.

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. Shaw has been lucky enough to work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, Dirty Electronics, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Tetsuya Umeda, Jacek Smolicki and Sebastien Piquemal.

www.tim-shaw.net


THURSDAY 15 and 22.04.2021, 1PM (CET)





The performance on April 15 is in collaboration with .
as part of Smolicki's online residency

Register here for April 15

Register here for April 22



EC(h)OLOCATIONS / Jacek Smolicki

Echolocation is a technique that some species use to identify distances between elements of their environment by the means of reflected ultrasounds. Those reflections help them navigate in environments that have no visual clues or remain covered in darkness. Eye-impaired people also use echolocation skills. By generating specific sounds and paying attention to their echoes, they can read them as clues to understanding their surrounding. The way Smolicki attends to echolocation is obviously different. In a quite speculative manner, he wonders what it would mean to position oneself in a space where present sounds are listened to as the echoes of the past. In his work, echolocation or ec(h)olocation becomes a technique for reconnecting with the histories of various ecosystems whose soundscapes have over the years been subject to dramatic reconfigurations. Coming from the ancient Greek oikos, eco means home. Ec(h)olocation is hence a technique of becoming aware of one's position - a home - by recognizing, amplifying, and paying attention to the echoes of other positions and homes for some reason relegated to the (audible) past.

During the festival Smolicki will walk through, attentively engage with and live-stream past and present soundscapes from two sites; Söderström and Vinterviken in Stockholm. Söderström is one of the shortest rivers in Europe of crucial importance to the water balance between the Baltic Sea and Mälaren, one of the biggest lakes in Sweden.

Vinterviken is where Alfred Nobel established his factory complex after being expelled from the city centre. Traces of contamination from his noisy experiments have been haunting the place ever since.

Jacek Smolicki is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and soundwalker. His works brings historical, critical and ethical dimensions to recording practices and technologies in diverse contexts. Besides working with existing documents, archives and heritage, Smolicki develops alternative modes of sensing, recording, para-archiving, and mediating stories and signals from various sites, scales, and temporalities. His work is manifested through soundwalks, soundscape compositions, site-responsive performances, experimental para-archives, audio-visual installations, and diverse forms of writing. He is currently a postdoc researcher at Linköping University exploring the history and prospects of soundwalking and field recording practices from the perspective of media arts, environmental humanities, and philosophy of technology. He has exhibited internationally and in 2019 co-founded the Walking Festival of Sound.

www.smolicki.com


FRIDAY 16.04.2021, 8PM (CET)





Friday, 16.04.2021, 8PM
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UNSETTLED AND OVERSENSITIVE / Martin Parker

Unsettled and Oversensitive is a walking piece for mobile phone. The music leverages onboard sensing devices available on most phones to turn the listener into the performer of the piece. The application counts your steps and detects your heading and uses this information to traverse a series of settings or states controlling a very unstable synthesis system. As you walk around, each step changes the state of the sound synthesis engine. Turning and changing direction moves one or more of the many layers of the piece into the front centre of the headphones. Walking in nature has become one of the most essential and therapeutic aspects of surviving lockdown for many. Listening and attending to the sound of the world around us has been proven to aid relaxation and mindful attentiveness. Unsettled and Oversensitive offers a counterpoint to these well-trodden themes. It takes as its starting point an alternative view of nature much more closely aligned with other chaotic systems (such as the chaotic oscillator systems that you hear in this piece). Most complex systems are way beyond our individual control, almost impossible to fathom or comprehend their purpose or plan. Imagine zooming in a little closer to the nature around you and seeing the dizzying complexity, noise, randomness and single-minded purpose of the creatures and elements in their interactions with one another. This is the sound world that Unsettled inhabits. For WFoS 2021, Parker will perform with the app and mix this with the real-time sound of a forest near Berwick-Upon-Tweed where he lives.

Martin Parker is a Programme Director of the MSc in Sound Design and current Head of the Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh. He composes and improvises music, crafts sounds and invents sonic art in an ongoing exploration of how sounds, musicians and listeners can work together with computers. Parker tries to let the discoveries he makes in his research inform what he teaches. He believes sound is at its best when you know what you're doing, but don't know what's going to happen.

www.tinpark.com