Jacek Smolicki (born during martial law in Kraków) is a Stockholm-based cross-disciplinary artist, designer, researcher and educator. His work explores temporal, existential and technological dimensions of listening, recording and archiving practices in human and more-than-human realms.

Besides working with historical archives, media, and heritage, Smolicki develops other modes of sensing, recording, and mediating stories and signals from specific sites, scales, and temporalities. His work is manifested through soundwalks, soundscape compositions, diverse forms of writing, site-responsive performances, experimental para-archives, and audio-visual installations.

He has performed, published, and exhibited internationally (e.g. In-Sonora Madrid, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, AudioArt Kraków, Ars Electronica, Linz, and Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo). His broad scope of site-responsive artistic and research work includes projects concerned with the soundscapes of:

  • Nordic Arctic Circle, (facilitated by Swedish Research Council, Polar Research Secretariat in Abisko, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station and Bioart Society in Helsinki),

  • Canadian Pacific Coast, (facilitated by New Music Vancouver and Swedish Research Council),

  • Walden Pond area, (facilitated by Harvard University, Walden Pond State Reservation and Swedish Research Council),

  • Canaveral seashore, (facilitated by Canaveral National Seashore, US National Park Service and Atlantic Center for the Arts),

  • World's tallest wooden radio mast in Gliwice, (facilitated by Silesian Metropolitan Network),

  • The oldest American bells (in collaboration with Bell Ringers Guild and Old North Church in Boston),

  • Three-Country Cairn, a border point of Sweden, Norway and Finland (facilitated by Bioart Society),

  • Arnolds Arboretum at Harvard University, (facilitated by Arnolds Arboretum),

  • UFO testimonies (facilitated by the Archives for the Unexplained in Nörrköping),

  • Former Jewish Ghetto in Kraków, (facilitated by the Jewish Culture Festival and Katarzyna Zimmerer),

  • Former sites of the Yugoslav Wars (in collaboration with Tim Shaw),

  • Madrid's busking culture, (facilitated by In-Sonora Madrid 2013),

  • Swiss soundmarks, (facilitated by ARC artistic residence and Sally de Kunst),

  • Alfred Nobel's factory complex in Stockholm (as part of Walking Festival of Sound 2021),

  • Historical artifacts from New York (in collaboration with Museum of Interesting Things in New York),

  • Söderström, the shortest river in Sweden (facilitated by Riversssounds),

  • And many other places.


In 2017 he completed his PhD in Media and Communications from the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University where he was a member of Living Archives, a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Between 2020-2023 Smolicki pursued an international postdoctoral research funded by the Swedish Research Council. Located at Linköping University in Sweden, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and Harvard, USA, his research explored the history and prospects of field recording and soundwalking practices from the perspective of arts, environmental humanities, and philosophy of technology. His edited book 'Soundwalking. Through Time, Space, and Technologies' was published by Routledge in 2023.

In 2022/2023 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard.

He is currently a researcher at the Informatics and Media Hub for Digital Existence at Uppsala University and a member of BioMe, a research project that investigates ethical implications of AI technologies on everyday life realms. Smolicki explores sonic capture cultures and the impact of AI technologies on human and other-than-human voices.

He is a co-founder of Walking Festival of Sound, a transdisciplinary and nomadic event exploring the critical and reflective role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings.

Since 2008 Smolicki has been working on On-Going Project, a systematic experimentation with various recording techniques and technologies leading to a multifaceted para-archive of contemporary everyday life, culture, and environment. The On-Going Project includes Minuting, a record of public soundscapes performed daily ever since July 2010, for which he received the main prize at the Society for Artistic Research conference in 2022.

Contact: jacek[at]smolicki[dot]com,


Selected Performances and Exhibitions

2023

  • Wish We Weren't Here, group exhibition, Studio 44, Stockholm

  • The Fells, soundwalk performance, BioArt Society, Helsinki

  • Drifts, hybrid soundwalks with Tim Shaw, group exhibition, Uniarts Research Pavilion, Helsinki

  • Soundwalking through Time, Space & Technologies, Multichannel soundscape composition & installation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida

  • One Step at a Deep Time, soundwalk composition, Canaveral National Seashore & Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida

  • Forever on the Alert, Multichannel soundscape performance, Holden Chapel, Harvard University

  • Unsound Peregrinations, Multichannel soundscape performance, Sonic Lab, SARC, Queen's University, Belfast

  • Arboreal Sonorities, soundwalks, Arnold's Arboretum, Harvard University

2022

  • E 7 L, performance with Jin Sangtae, WFoS 2022, Box Theater, Seoul Art Space Mullae, New Music Vancouver

  • Slip of the Machinic Tongue, soundscape composition, installation & performance, Digital Existence III, Sigtuna Foundation

2021

  • The Lake that Glimmers like Fire, soundwalk & workshop, Färgfabriken

  • Intertidal Room, 6-channel soundscape composition, Ars Electronica, Linz

  • Intertidal Room, soundwalk/soundscape installation, 'Unheard Landscapes: Listening, Resonating, Inhabiting,' Blois, France

  • Söderström, multichannel soundscape composition & soundwalk, Riversssounds commission

  • Transference, hybrid soundwalk with R.Bautista, T.Shaw & S.Karami, WFoS 2021, Krakow/Edinburgh

2020

  • Inaudible Cities #2, soundwalking score, group exhibition, Acts of Air, CRiSAP

  • Per Aspera and Astra, performative soundscape composition with Katt Hernandez, Radio Silence, Fylkingen, Stockholm

2019

  • Sonic Sensibilities, sound performance and assembly, Posthumanities Hub, Reaktorhallen, Stockholm

  • Ottilia Adelborg: Assembling the World, exhibition and publication launch, with Malin Pettersson Öberg, Konstakademien, Stockholm

2018

  • Quivering Stillness, Living Archives, Malmö Museum

  • Returning the Ear, soundwalk performances with Tim Shaw, InterArts Center, Malmö, Illutron, Copenhagen, Fylkingen, Stockholm

  • Listening Back, Listening Ahead, soundwalk composition, World Listening Day, Resonance FM

  • Gagnef Project, sound performance, Gagnef Festival

  • Ottilia Adelborg: Assembling the World, publication & exhibition, Ottilia Adelborg Museet, Gagnef

  • Disruptive Witnessing, performance, with Tim Shaw, Truth or Politics, The Concept of Testimony in the Commemoration of the Yugoslav Wars, a group exhibition at Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, and Volkskundemuseum, Vienna, Austria

2017

  • Post-Digital Archives, curating a group exhibition, InterArts Center, Malmö

  • Per Aspera and Astra, performative soundscape composition with Katt Hernandez, Radio Silence, Fylkingen, Stockholm

  • Fragmentarium Club,soundwalk, World Listening Day, Stockholm

2015

  • Reality Backup, solo exhibition, Detroit-Stockholm, artist-run gallery, Stockholm

  • Self-tracking Art, co-curating & exhibiting with Alberto Frigo, Quantified Self, Mason Fort, San Francisco

2014

  • Streetsampling Madrid, sound performance & installation, Off Limit Gallery, In-Sonora, Madrid

2013

  • Affexity: Passages and Tunnels, AR performance with S.Kozel, C. Rydd, D.Spikol, J.Ginslov, Re-New Digital Arts Festival, Copenhagen

  • Hökarängen Project, sound installation, group show Augmented Spatiality, Stockholm

  • Slussen Project, sound installation, Medborgarplatsen Biblioteket, Stockholm

  • Slussen Project, sound installation, Musik Museet, Stockholm

  • Dzielnica 1941-1943, soundwalk composition, Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków

2012

  • I to Eye, installation, Young Art Biennale, Moscow

2011

  • Lask Walk of Olof Palme, soundwalk composition, Stockholm



Selected Talks, Presentations and Workshops

2023

  • A Walk in the Forest. Ecotonal listening and sonic deterring techniques in human and other-than-human realms, keynote at Beyond Listening: Agency, Art, and the Environment, an International Symposium on Sonic Ecologies, MOME University of Arts and Design, Budapest

  • Relational Technologies, seminar for New Medical Technologies and Philosophy at Medical College, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

  • Soundwalking. Through Time, Space, and Technologies, talk at To)Pot Festival of Radical Soundwalks in Ljubljana

  • Soundwalking through Time, Space, and Technologies, presentation at MetaLab, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • You Never Soundwalk Alone. Transversal and Transformative Potentials of Soundwalking, presentation at World Forum for Acoustic Ecology 2023, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

  • Quivering Stillness. On Itinerant Approaches to Composing with Timescapes, open seminar at Sonic Lab, SARC, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2022

  • From Soundmarks to Soundscars (and Back), talk at ‘Soundscapes and Social Justice’ symposium, Oxford and Harvard University

  • Soundwalking Workshops: Arboreal Listening, Ecotonal Listening and Palimpsestic Listening, New Music Vancouver, WFoS 2022, Vancouver

  • Composing with Soundscapes, workshops, Music Department, Harvard University

  • Un/soundwalking through Time, Space, and Technologies, talk at Soundwalk Symposium, Electroacoustic Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (Tiohtià:ke)

2021

  • Unsound Landscapes, Beastly Soundscapes, performative lecture w/ Girilal Baars, Beastly Landscapes symposium at School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

  • Soundwalking through Time, Space, and Technologies workshop at Soundscape Workshop, Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest/Kőszeg

  • Where Sea Meets Land. Soundwalking through Unsound fields, presenatation at STREAMS – Transformative Environmental Humanities international conference at KTH, Stockholm

  • On Listening, Performing, and Participating as Spectral Modes of Arts-based Research,'talk with mirko nikolić at 'Articulations', Swedish Research Council's annual symposium on artistic research.

  • Rerouting the trails for soundwalking, seminar for CENSE, Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies, online

  • Living with, against (and in parallel with) Voice Capture Technologies and Practices,' seminar within 'Undisciplined AI Ethics' series, The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society

  • History Has its Ears on Us, opening talk at the Walking Festival of Sound, 2021, Kraków, Edinburgh, online

2020

  • Listening to History: Revisiting Memory through Soundscape Compositions, presentation and conversation with composer Yvette Janine Jackson within a series organized by Goethe Institute in Boston and Monument Lab in Philadelphia

  • Soundwalking through Inaudible Cities - Peripheral Soundscapes of Stockholm and Beyond, performative lecture, Ecology, Site and Place, Piteå Performing Arts Biennial (online)

  • From the Impulse to Enliven the Archive towards Alternative Archiving Modalities, paper presented at The Second Life of Recorded Sounds, international conference, Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies (CENSE), Pracownia Audiosfery, Instytut Kulturoznawstwa, Wrocław University, Wrocław, Poland

  • Intertidal Room – A Soundwalk through Timescapes of Vancouver's Coastline, lecture, New Music Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2019

  • Touching the Radio Tower. Doing Archaeology of Mediations through Artistic Practice presentation at Media Matter: Media Archaeological Research and Artistic Practice, an international conference, Stockholm University, Filmhuset, Stockholm

2018

  • Cache 22: on Lures and Traps of Digital Memory, talk at To Be Archived, closing event of the Living Archives research project, Malmö Museum

  • Alienating and Affirmative Agency of Contemporary Mnemotechnologies, talk at Documedial Revolution seminar, Collège d'études mondiales de la FMSH, Paris



Selected Research Projects and Grants

  • 2022-2023 Soundwalking, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, funded by the Fulbright Commission

  • 2020-2023 Soundwalking. The Art of Walking and Listening through Time, Space, and Technologies, funded by the Swedish Research Council, International Postdoc within Artistic Research

  • 2020-2024 BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds, funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanity and Society (WASP-HS), led by Prof. Amanda Lagerkvist

  • 2021 Culture of Solidarity Fund, European Cultural Foundation, grant towards Walking Festival of Sound

  • 2013-2017 Para-Archives: Rethinking Personal Archiving Practices in the Times of Capture Culture, part of Living Archives Research Project funded by the Swedish Research Council, PhD studies


Selected Residencies

  • 2023 Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, BioArt Society, Helsinki

  • 2023 Soundscape Field Station, Canaveral National Seashore, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida

  • 2023 Research Pavilion #5, Uniarts, Helsinki, with Tim Shaw and Elena Biserna

  • 2018 Arc Custom Residency, Arc Romainmótier, Switzerland

  • 2018 InterArts Center, with Tim Shaw, Malmö

  • 2017 Cac Ses Voltes, with Ronda Bautista, Palma de Mallorca

  • 2016 Walk & Talk, with Tim Shaw, Arc, Romainmótier, Switzerland

  • 2015 Online Residency, In-Sonora, Madrid