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08.04.2022 Talk at the Soundwalking Symposium organized by Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

30.05-01.06.2022 'A Slip of the Digital Tongue', multichannel sound installation at Digital Existence conference, Sigtuna Foundation, Sweden.

06.2022 - 02.2023 Foreign study trip as part of my international artistic research postdoc funded by the Swedish Research Council /
Vancouver, BC, Canada & Cambrdige, MA, USA


November 25, 2021


'Roomtones'. a soundscape composition presented at 'Home and Covid 19: Dwelling and belonging in pandemic times', a symposium at The Museum of the Home, London

The Covid-19 pandemic changed how we experience our everyday soundscapes. While a number of sound artists and sound scholars focused on outdoor sounds and the allegedly restored pristineness of ‘natural’ soundscapes, the project Roomtones put emphasis on domestic environments. It prompted recordists and listeners to reflect on the privilege of having a roof over one’s head and to rediscover sonic complexions of our homes. The project resulted in a soundscape composition. Its content derived from a call among friends and acquaintances for roomtone recordings from their home environments during the pandemic. It provoked reflection over the origins and echoes of sounds that constitute contemporary domestic soundscapes, suggesting that their roots and extensions expand through time and space, far beyond the walls of our houses, apartments, and studios.

November 25, 2021


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

Can listening, participating, and performing art practices help (re-)articulate how we relate to and connect with the surrounding world?

Divided into three chapters, this session aims to explore and open for discussion multiple modes of articulation that emerge within our ongoing artistic research projects. Firstly, we explore how commitment to specific art practices, approached as at once epistemological frameworks and scholarly techniques for careful inquiry, might help rewire our conducts, perceptual biases, and sensitivities on a subjective/affective micro-level. Secondly, we discuss how opening and circulating knowledge from those practices might instigate a second level of (re-)articulations, this time among, and in relation to, wider audiences and publics. What ethical, political and social implications emerge when the artist/researcher’s re-articulated ways of relating to the world ripple forth and back through the wider social realm? Thirdly, we will think together how our current artistic research projects, and broader practices they converse with, engage in (re-)articulating established conducts that pervade disciplinary fields we are currently in dialog with (e.g. environmental humanities, cultural studies, science and technology studies and gender theory).

November 10, 2021


A talk entitled 'Living with, against (and in parallel with) Voice Capture Technologies and Practices' within 'Undisciplined AI Ethics' seminar series organized by WASP-HS (The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society) at Uppsala University. Related to my research within BioMe project, the talk concerned some ethical challenges related to the proliferation of voice controlled technologies, and even more importantly, motivations that have guided such developments.

The vision of WASP-HS is to realize excellent research and develop competence on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with a strong investment on research in humanities and social science.

November, 2021


My contribution was published in 'CENSE Almanac', produced by the members of the Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies .

We asked the CENSE membership, in addition to others, these open-ended questions as a way of taking the pulse of our still-forming community: What is your personal attitude or interest in the concept of Acoustic or Sonic Ecologies? Can you comment on the relationship between electroacoustic music, Sonic Ecologies, Bioacoustics and environmental activism in your area? What is your opinion about using and decontextualising field recordings or captured sounds in contemporary music production? Can you describe the situation in the area where you are active concerning transdisciplinary collaboration and how do you see the feedback between your work and public? What could improve the involvement of the broader public and policymakers to push for or impose changes in environmental consciousness in the country where you live? The answers that follow appear in the order in which they were received.

October 29, 2021


'Lyssna Bakåt, Vandra Framåt' (Listening Back, Wandering Forward'), a written contribution to the newest issue of Glänta, a Swedish journal dedicated to aesthetics and culture. The piece was followed by a series of soundwalks organized back to back with the premiere of the issue at Jenin Grill Konsthall in Göterborg, during the program of the annual Cultural Night.

October 27-30, 2021


'Intertidal Room', a soundwalk/soundscape installation presented at Unheard Landscapes: Listening, Resonating, Inhabiting, International Symposium on Soundscape in Blois, France organized by FKL, École de la Nature et du Paysage, and AAU CRESSON.

Intertidal room is a soundwalk composition originally developed for the Vancouver coastline near Stanley Park, an unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples. While bringing sonic attention to diverse micro-organisms that occupy and sustain those vulnerable zones, the piece simultaneously examines how the linearity of colonial exploitation in Vancouver has disrupted the cyclical vibrancy of the place. While traversing the intertidal zones of Vancouver, you will get to hear soundscapes constituted by limpets, mussels, barnacles, shrimp, propellers, ballast water, metal detectors, fog horns, train whistles, herons, chainsaws, driftwood, thrushes, starlings and many other actors and events that in normal circumstances often remain imperceptible, unheard, and ignored.

During the Unheard Landscapes symposium in Blois, the Intertidal Room soundwalk could be experienced via QR codes printed on small wooden plaques and distributed in the inner court of the Conservatory. Each composition was accompanied by a short text appearing on the listener's screen.

September 24-25, 2021


'The Lake That Glimmers Like Fire', a soundwalk composition and listening workshop within Open Studio for Research into Movement and Creativity organized by Flat Octopus collective at Färgfabriken, Stockholm

This performative soundwalk builds on a series of listening and recording sessions undertaken in, around, and with two Swedish lakes: Trekanten in Stockholm and Rissajaure in the Swedish Arctic Circle. While the former is described as one of the most polluted lakes in the country, the latter often figures as the clearest and purest one. The soundwalk attempts to establish a dialog between those two entities at once bound by a solid natural kinship and torn apart by human interventions and interests. This partly improvised and partly pre-composed soundwalk guides listeners around Trekanten while opening up to soundscapes and histories of its arctic cousin. While speculating about silence as, on the one hand, an indicator of death and, on the other, a prospect of life, this soundwalk is above all an exercise in attentive listening to complex and often irreconcilably unsound relations between human and natural histories of our earthly environments.

September 10, 2021


'Unsound Landscapes, Beastly Soundscapes' a performative lecture/soundscape composition in collaboration with Girilal Baars presented at Beastly Landscapes Symposium organized by Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts.

This performative lecture builds on an inconspicuous, yet beastly invention known as UOZ 1. It is a set of loudspeakers designed by a Polish company to create a sonic boundary along the railway as to keep forest animals from crossing the tracks. It is set to broadcast especially designed soundscape composition - a collage made of sound of animals in distress - each time a train approaches a particular part of the forest. This invention is a starting point to discuss what constitutes beastliness if we focus on sound as a vector of power relations between humans and animals.

September 9, 2021


'Intertidal Room' presented as a 6 channel soundscape composition at Sound Park during Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria

Intertidal zones are coastal areas where the sea meets land in a constant interaction of low and high tides. Those zones are characterized by highly diverse ecosystems and inhabitants whose life patterns are organically synchronized with the cyclically changing conditions. Intertidal zones are also particular kinds of borderlands wherein power relations of today and the past continuously resonate. These interactions generate specific practices, artifacts, forms of habitation and violence. Intertidal room is a soundscape composition originally developed for the Vancouver coastline near Stanley Park, an unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples. While bringing sonic attention to diverse micro-organisms that occupy and sustain those vulnerable zones, the piece simultaneously examines how the linearity of colonial exploitation in Vancouver has disrupted the cyclical vibrancy of the place. Limpets, mussels, barnacles, shrimp, propellers, ballast water, metal detectors, fog horns, train whistles, herons, chainsaws, driftwood, thrushes, and starlings are some among many other intertidal actors whose sonorities and their infra-connections this piece intends to bring to the fore.

September 6, 2021


A premiere of 'Sonic Encounters with Borders', an album gathering sound works of artists selected during the Walking Festival of Sound's open call. All income goes to Fundacja Ocalenie currently helping migrants from Afghanistan stuck at the border of Poland & Belarus.

How do borders sound? How can sound help us articulate the existence of borders that normally remain distant or imperceptible to our senses? How can sound place us in a position from which borders – cultural, political, cross-generational and between species - can be scrutinized?

These were some of the questions we asked in our open call. From a large number of submitted works, eight pieces were selected and broadcast through the festival channels. The album we present to you gathers those selected works (alongside an additional contribution) in order to help an organization that supports migrants in difficult circumstances at borders. Therefore, all income from the distribution of this album will be transferred to Ocalenie Foundation, a Polish NGO offering practical and legal help for migrants crossing Polish and EU borders. Currently (as of August 2021), Ocalenie Foundation is involved in helping Afghani migrants stranded at the border between Poland and Belarus.

The album is available on: WFOS' Bandcamp profile
Featured artists are: Martin Rodriguez, Sophia Bauer, Niki Matita, Erick Ruiz Arellano, Flora Zajicek, Jayne Dent, Sebastián Concha, Max Wayne, Jacek Smolicki


August 23-28, 2021


Guest teaching at Kőszeg Soundscape Workshop, organized by Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest and Institute of Advanced Studies in Kőszeg, Hungary

August 2021


Study visit and field work at Abisko Scientific Research Station, in the Swedish Arctic Circle

August 6, 2021


'Where Sea Meets Land. Soundwalking through Unsound Fields', performance/soundwalk at STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities , an international conference organized by KTH in Stockholm, 3–6 August 2021.

In late June 2021, British Columbia experienced a heat wave followed by highest temperatures ever recorded in the region. Along with many human deaths, more than a billion seashore animals died. Limpets, mussels, clams, barnacles and other intertidal species perished due to severe consequences from extreme weather events accompanying climate change. Considering the crucial role of intertidal species in maintaining life along coasts, this loss will have its inevitable impact on numerous other ecosystems. To regenerate, they will need at least 3 years. However, in the years to come such weather anomalies, as we see in other parts of the world, will only become a norm.

This presentation and silence that preceded it was in memory of those perished organisms, human and other-than-human.



July 2021


During summer residency at Fylkingen in Stockholm, I worked on the 'Para-archive of the Intertidal', a semi improvisatory soundscape composition in collaboration with various material agencies encountered on Vancouver's coastline during my research visit in 2020. My approach included minimum amount of field recordings and maximum attention to and focus on simplicity in the way one can re-generate sonic events from material qualities and energies specific to the site in question. Read more about the Intertidal Room soundwalk composition



July 2021


For the new issue of Glissando Audiopapers focused on Acoustic Ecology, I contributed with a piece on soundscapes as bordering and deterring techniques against animals and humans. The piece results from my current artistic research into soundscape composition from more-than-human perspective. The starting point to this paper is the research of Simona Kossak, a Polish activist, ecologist and professor of forest sciences whose work contributed to UOZ1, an acoustic device used along railway tracks to keep animals from crossing. The piece is currently available only in Polish, but the English version will follow soon. Click here to read more and listen



May 2021


Along with Yvette Janine Jackson and Miroslav Tóth, my work on sound and history was featured in the episode of Elektroniskt on the Swedish Radio Program 2 (P2). The episode focused on exploring how contemporary sound artists and composers approach history as subject in their artistic practice countering the dominant future-oriented and apolitical approaches in electronic music. Click here to read more and listen



May 2021


My recent soundscape composition, part of my art residency at RIVERSSSOUNDS, has been released on www.riversssounds.org

Due to numerous historical developments in its immediate vicinity, Söderström is not that easily discernible as a river. Its already barely audible soundscape has today become additionally silenced by noises from the controversial reconstruction of the surrounding neighbourhood. To counteract the local impact of climate change on the sea water levels, the flow of Söderström will soon be almost entirely regulated by humans. Composed largely of noises from the construction work undertaken under, above and around Söderström, this piece is a story about a desire of some humans to fix their presence by fixing the river. It is a reflection on how, ever more often, rivers resound through their encounters with the elements of human infrastructure rather than speak for themselves.

April 2021


During April 2021, I take part in RIVERSSSOUNDS art residency, a platform for virtual sonic experiences and an online residency programme. RIVERSSSOUNDS invites to navigate the rivers of Europe via the microphones of sound artists. By using digital tools and artistic imagination, RIVERSSSOUNDS is a virtual portal for connecting the physical realities of different cities through sound. During my residency I will develop a multi-channel piece and soundwalk composition. Click here to read about the project.

During my residency, I explore Söderström, at once a river and non-river. Today, due to urban developments, this short stream that connects lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea in Stockholm is no longer that easily detectable as a river. It is nevertheless a crucial spot in the city as it regulates the water levels. In last several years it has been subject to a vast reconstruction. The already barely audible soundscapes of Söderström became completely taken over by construction noises. In the future vision, Söderström whose flow will be almost entirely regulated by humans, will play a decisive role in counter-acting the effects of climate change. My piece will articulate the strangely inaudible aura of Söderström by focusing on noises that cover its soundscapes.

April 5-25, 2021


During last several months, I have been organizing and co-curating the program for the upcoming edition of Walking Festival of Sound, a transdisciplinary event I founded together with Tim Shaw. After Newcastle and Stockholm in 2019, in 2021, the plan has been to host the festival in Edinburgh and Kraków. However, due to the pandemic, most of the events will happen online. Click here to read the program.

Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances, walking seminars and listening sessions, all taking place in diverse public spaces and online. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for the international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments. The Walking Festival of Sound 2021 is financed by European Cultural Foundation's Culture of Solidarity Grant.

April 6, 2021

My audio paper in collaboration with Candace Campo, has been published by Seismograf Peer. Entitled "Soundscapes as Archives", this audio paper proposes that:

"[...]besides manifesting the acoustically present, soundscapes should also be heard as specific archives that comprise both traces and absences of the aural past. If carefully attended to, practices of listening, soundwalking, and soundscape composition can obtain the function of aesthetic and critical modes through which we can sense, access, work with, and give justice to these contested archives of the aural".

Seismograf Peer is a peer-reviewed online platform devoted to practical and theoretical issues in relation to contemporary music and sound art. You can read and listen to the piece here

March 16-17, 2021

Guest teaching within 'Sound as Critical Practice' course at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

During the workshop we discussed and experimented with how diverse practices that prioritize the sense of hearing might help establish other, alternative modes of articulating the past. Techniques of transversal listening, soundwalking, and field recording (both mine and other practitioners') were discussed as exploratory, multi-layered, and critical modes of connecting with and unfolding the complexity inherent at sites affected by turbulent events. We explored how sound can constitute a space for bringing to the fore minor, underpriviliged stories and voices, long delegated to the auditory past and missing from grand narratives of official memory institutions and archives.

March 15, 2021

A release of the the 5th issue of VIS - Nordic Journal for Artistic Research with my contribution "Minuting. Rethinking the Ordinary through the Ritual of Transversal Listening".

This exploratory essay introduces selected sound recordings along with notes and observations from Minuting - a practice of sonic journaling I have performed daily since July 2010 in numerous locations and settings. I weave these observations together in a way that resonates closely with the idea of repetition, in multiple forms: protest, automation, cycle, and ritual, as well as the repetition inherent to my acts of recording. While introducing sounds from the archive of Minuting, I reflect on how this constrained and systematically enacted form of listening, recording, and re-listening leads to a transversal type of sonic reflexivity. It is a form of alertness to sound that stretches beyond the immediate resonance of the 'now' - towards spatially and temporarily distant, yet to some extent intertwined, objects, subjects, events, and environments

Click here to read


2020

December, 2020

As part of my postdoc stay in Vancouver, I contributed to the World Soundscape Project archive with a collection of 41 field recordings made in 2020 that add, expand & (hopefully) open up the WSP's 50-year trajectory towards new modalities, approaches & sensitivities. Read more about the World Soundscape Project here To get access to WSP database, contact prof. Barry Truax.

November 19, 2020

78 years ago on this day, while walking back home in Drohobycz Ghetto with a loaf of bread, Bruno Schulz was shot by a German Nazi. British painter and writer Paul Becker and I composed a little audio-textual homage to this extraordinary writer. You can read and listen to it here

The piece is an experiment in combining text and soundscape composition. Upon scrolling the text, the composition gradually evolves. The sounds in this short story come from Minuting, my daily audio journaling practice. I used two samples, one from July 12, 2020 (Schulz' birthday) & November 19, 2019 (77 years after Schulz' death).

October 28, 2020

As part of "Listening to History" I will speak with composer Yvette Janine Jackson about soundscapes and their potential for working with events and characters from the past and connecting them with the present.

In this conversation, I will discuss how artistic techniques, such as critical and reflective listening, field recording, and soundwalking may help throw into relief various aural dimensions of a site in which power relations of today and the past continuously resonate. I will demonstrate how these modes of sonic alertness and sensibility can constitute temporary zones for rethinking our perception of soundscapes and reflecting on that which no longer resounds.

"Listening to History" is a series of transatlantic conversations between sound artists, historians and musicologists around the relationship between sound and remembrance. With monuments being called into question around the world, many are asking if there are more flexible and effective alternatives to classical marble and bronze statues. What qualities should we be looking for in the monuments of the future - can sound point us in new directions? What advantages does sound as a medium offer for connecting the past with the present?

"Shaping the Past" is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.

October 26, 2020
I am presenting a performative lecture entitled "Soundwalking through Inaudible Cities - Peripheral Soundscapes of Stockholm and Beyond" at Piteä Performing Arts Biennial Digital Pre-event

The lecture combines elements of semi-fictional narratives inspired by the areas surrounding end stations of the Stockholm subway system as well as field recordings, soundscape compositions and historical research that pertain to those places. I demonstrate how soundwalking can help us move beyond the immediate impression and instead connect with a place in a way that reveals its complexity, depth, and inherent dependence on more distant sites, actors, and temporalities. You can read more about the project here

A stream of the lecture will be available on 26.10.2020, 16:45 (CET) under this link.



October 23, 2020
"From the Impulse to Enliven the Archive towards Other Archiving Modalities", a paper presented at The Second Life of Recorded Sounds, a third edition of the international conference organized by Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies (CENSE)

This paper intends to inspire thinking about the prospect of a second life (but also death) of recorded sounds already during the process of generating those records. The paper also explores how a second life of recorded sounds might emerge from a juxtaposition of two or more sound recordings, a technique that borrowing from Walter Benjamin, I describe as dialectical sounds. While discussing some of my sound documentary, para-archiving, and soundwalking projects, I propose various ways of performing what I got to refer in terms of acoustethics. Acoustethics is a careful (and caring) attendance to recording and a controlled way of opening up recorded sounds in which one pays special attention to human and other-than-human actors, sites, and temporalities that these sounds might implicate.



October 14, 2020
I shared some thoughts on Intertidal Room with Gloria Macarenko from CBC On the Coast. You can listen to it here. The interview starts at 2:24:18.

September 29, 2020
I shared some thoughts on my work with an artist and writer Lucia Hinojosa. This conversation follows a longer series within the framework of Sound Diaries project at Sonic Arts Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University. You can read it here

September 28, 2020
I gave a presentation about the Intertidal Room soundwalk for New Music Vancouver community. The talk is available on youtube and vimeo.

September 27, 2020
Intertidal Room, a soundwalk through timescapes of Vancouver's coastline will have its premiere within the New Music Vancouver's program of events for Vancouver Culture Days.

Intertidal Room is a soundwalk composition originally developed for Vancouver coastline near Stanley Park, an unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples - Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lõ and Səlīlwəta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəýəm (Musqueam) Nations. It is intended to be listened to during a period of slack water. It is a moment when tide is at the lowest point and soon about to return. Attending to the fugitive nature of intertidal zones, this soundwalk intends to provide room for an increased aural attention to the ways people have been cultivating, affecting but also disrupting various, also imperceptible layers of these complex environments.

July 16 - September 16, 2020
With my ongoing project "Inaudible Cities" I have taken part in Acts of Air: Reshaping the urban sonic, an international exhibition curated by Lisa Hall from Creative Research into Sound Art Practice (CRiSAP) at University of the Arts in London.

Acts of Air invites you to reshape your urban sonic present by enacting 14 sound works directly in urban spaces. Each work proposes a sounding out, a performance, a site specific listening or engagement in the streets, under bridges, by water fountains and extractor fans. They offer a variety of means to explore and interrogate our cities of sound.

Participating artists:
Agnes Paz, Anna Lann, Anna Raimondo, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Catherine Clover, Cedric Maridet, Colin Priest, Jacek Smolicki, Julieanna Preston, Kate Brown, Raheel Khan, Vagne, Vitorio O. Azevedo, Yara Mekawei

June, 2020
Walking Festival of Sound has been awarded a Culture of Solidarity grant for two new editions in 2021, in Krakow and Edinburgh. Here you can read an interview with me about the festival I founded together with Tim Shaw in 2019.

Walking Festival of Sound is a trans-disciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances and walking seminars which take place in diverse public spaces. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for an international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments. In 2019 the festival took place in two cities, Stockholm and Newcastle.



May 29, 2020
I contributed to Occupying the In-Between , an online conference organized by Clareese Hill and Elly Clarke from Mountain of Artistic Research at the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College in London. My contribution, "Para-Archive of the Intertidal", was based on field notes from my on-going work on a soundwalk through intertidal zones of Vancouver's coastline.

Occupying the In-Between was a daylong disruption of the framework of an academic research conference [...]. The worlding and context of this space is directly related to the possibility of experiencing a sense of purposeful unraveling of the self in the now moments and the moments that follow. This conference considered these spaces as collaborative, unauthored, innovative, restorative, and unprescribed. The discourse was centered around the topics of the labor that is required to occupy exhaustive identities and roles, alongside thinking about the tools and methods that can be used to create spaces of rest, and how disruptions can be healing.



October 26-27, 2020, and March 22-31, 2021
I will present and perform at the Piteå International Performing Arts Biennial, of which first edition will focus on ecology, site and place.

Piteå Performing Arts Biennial seeks new formats for the performing arts to engage in societal issues. The first edition focuses on ecological perspectives, and further seeks engagement in questions related to site and place. A series of new productions of ecological sound art, site-specific arts projects, dance and theatre productions, intermedia arts projects, film and video screenings will be presented. The Biennial also invites to a conversation between arts and science.

July 16, 2020, I will contribute to the Un-Earthed Festival organized by Creative Research into Sound Art Practice (CRiSAP), a research centre of the University of the Arts London dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice.

Un-Earthed: A festival of listening and environment presents sound works that explore the sonic condition of our cities around the world, interrogating how our urban spaces have been built in sound, and what our sonic agency is within them.

May 05, 2020, In May I have continued working on Fragmentarium club, a soundwalking initiative I have since 2016 been running in Stockholm. One way of developing this platform has been through an experimental audio cast. The broadcast happens irregularly and is programmed on-the-go. It focuses on the unspectacular, infra-ordinary, fragmentary, and slow. The intention of this quasi-radio format is to facilitate various remote projects and collaborations such as Roomtones, a collective composition built of domestic soundscapes during the pandemic recorded by some of my friends and acquaintances.

You can follow the radio here

Few words about Roomtones:

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we experience our everyday soundscapes. A number of sound artists take advantage of this situation to go out, hunt for unique sounds and inspire others to do the same. In contrast to that, Roomtones focuses on domestic environments. It prompts the recordist and listener to reflect on the privilege of having a roof over one's head while calling to rediscover sonic complexions of our homes.

Contributors (in random order): Billie Easton, Ami Kohara, Martina Raponi, Tim Shaw, Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola, Mary Nogacka, Brett Ascarelli, Michal Smolicki, Jacek Smolicki

April 18, 2020, Toronto Star, the biggest daily newspaper in Canada published an article about the soundscapes of the pandemic in Vancouver. I contributed with some thoughts and field recordings from the city. Written by Douglas Quan, the article featured voices of world renowned soundscape scholars, artists, and acoustic ecologists including Barry Truax and Hildegard Westerkamp. Here is the link to the article

February 23 - September 21, 2020, During my postdoctoral research in Vancouver (disrupted partly by the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus) I keep a soundwalking journal in which I reflect on local soundscapes and develop ideas around listening, field recording, and soundwalking as reflexive and critical modes of engaging with human and other-than-human environments. Click here to access the journal.

As one side-effect of this sonic journaling I put together a mini-album based on recordings done around the outbreak of the pandemic. Donations for the album are passed to the public health care workers in Vancouver. You can listen below and donate by following this link

March 19, 2020, POSTPONED, 'Inaudible Cities' will be presented at Audiograft festival in Oxford. Audiograft is an annual festival of contemporary experimental music and sound art. It is curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University.

Inaudible Cities is an exploration of the suburbs of Stockholm resulting in a series of short stories describing diverse facets of the city life from the perspective of its peripheries. As aesthetic and critical modes of engaging with the place I turn to listening and creative audio-visual field recording techniques. The interest in urban peripheries is followed by an interest in peripheral sonic situations in which mundane elements of natural and cultural realms, infrastructures, and debris become leading actors and storytellers. Read more about the project.

February, 2020, I will embark on my artistic research project entitled 'Soundwalking. The art of walking and listening through time, space, and technologies'. It is a three year international postdoctoral project funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). By setting its point of departure at the intersection of arts, environmental humanities and media archaeology, this project will offer a study of soundwalking and field recording through two strands 1.) a historical and discursive tracing of these practices within the arts, and, 2.) a series of practical soundwalking initiatives to be developed, reflected on, and analyzed from within the process of their composition. In terms of methodology, the study will draw on historical research methods, ethnographic as well as artistic, practice-based approaches. While contributing to the academic discourse, the project will simultaneously reach a larger audience through its experiential approach to soundwalking as an open, inclusive, artistic research modality, capable of raising and augmenting cultural, political, and environmental awareness. The primary goal will be to study how soundwalking helps researchers and participants rethink the established ways of perceiving, knowing, and inhabiting the world.

While affiliated with the Department of Culture and Society (IKOS) at Linköping University I will spend most of the time at foreign research institutions including Simon Fraser University and their World Soundscape Project archive.

February 16, 2020, I will perform at Fylkingen presenting another step in the development of 'Per Aspera Ad Astra', a performative soundscape composition that draws on the history of human attempts to communicate with extraterrestrials. Read more about the project here.

My performance will be part of a longer evening of events featuring works of artists engaging with radio and space as artistic media. Samuel Hertz & Carmelo Pampillonio will present 'Librations', a performance/composition using an Earth-Moon-Earth radio communications relay. More about Hertz & Pampillonio's work.

January, 2020, I started my role as an associate postdoc researcher at the Department of Media and Informatics at Uppsala University where I am a member of 'BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds', a research project led by Prof. Amanda Lagerkvist. The project is funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation as part of 'The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program - Humanities and Society' framework.

Combining philosophy of technologies, artistic practice and media archaeology, my project focuses on ethical implications of voice capture and voice-controlled technologies on everyday life realms. More specifically, I explore how tactical, speculative, and critical art practices concerned with voice capture, synthesis and control can help move beyond initial questions and ethical considerations such as privacy infringement and let us think of other, even existential implications and application of those technologies. Read more.


2019

December, 'BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds' was presented among other 15 projects during an international workshop organized by 'The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program - Humanities and Society' in Stockholm. From January 2020, I will be part of this project hosted at the Department of Media and Informatics at Uppsala University in Sweden. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation and led by Prof. Amanda Lagerkvist, BioMe will explore ethical and existential challenges posed by AI technologies in everyday realms. My study will concern history and the present condition of voice capturing technologies as well as inventive, activist, artistic and critical practices of counter-acting what I call the panacoustic condition. Read more.

November, 'Media Matter: Media-Archaeological Research and Artistic Practice'. I will present 'Touching the Radio Tower. Doing Archaeology of Mediations through Artistic Practice', a paper and performative lecture, at a conference organized by the Department of Culture and Aesthetics and the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University between 27th and 29th of November. As a production group member at Fylkingen, I am co-curating an evening with performances in conjunction to the conference. More info.

November, 'Para-Archives'. Presentation of three ongoing soundworks: 'Per Aspera Ad Astra', 'Quivering Stillness', and 'Inaudible Cities' at Fylkingen, Stockholm, November 15, 7pm. More info.

October, 'Sound as a Critical Practice'. I gave a guest lecture and workshop within the post-master course at Stockholm University of the Arts. During this workshop / seminar, I discussed with participants how diverse practices related to the sense of hearing can help establish alternative modes of talking about and connecting with diverse histories, other than the ones constructed through visual means. Examples of practices such as attentive listening, soundwalking, and field recording were discussed as exploratory, poetic, critical and reflective modes of articulating the complexity of the past sites, events and their actors. More info about the course.

October, 'Walking Festival of Sound', The second edition of the festival takes place in Newcastle between October 11 and 14. The festival website.

September, 5-8, 'Walking Festival of Sound'. In collaboration with Tim Shaw from Culture Lab/Newcastle University, I organized the first Walking Festival of Sound. Intended as a series of events in various cities, Walking Festival of Sound focuses on transdiciplinary art concerned with listening and walking as poetic and critical modes of relating to our lived environments. The festival comprised several site-responsive walks, seminars, and performances alongside a sound installation featuring diverse field recordings from international artists. The festival website.


August, 'Sonic Sensibilities: /Mis/communication/s/', performing 'Per Aspera Ad Astra' and co-organizing a transdisciplinary listening session in collaboration with Janna Holmstedt from The Posthumanities Hub /KTH Stockholm, Reaktorhallen, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. The session took place inside the large-scale art installation 'The Interplanetary Species Society (ISS)' by Jonas Staal. ISS is part of the project 'Choreograhies of the Social' curated by Edi Muka, the Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens Konstrad).



Participants
Cecilia Åsberg (founder and director of the Posthumanities Hub, KTH/Linköping Univ., SE), Marietta Radomska (co-director of the Posthumanities Hub, Linköping Univ., SE/Univ. of Helsinki, FI), Janna Holmstedt (artist, SE), mirko nikolić (artist, SE/FI), Jacek Smolicki, (artist, SE/PL).


July, 'Inaudible Cities', an ongoing sonic ethnography of Stockholm's peripheries resulting in a series of experimental audio-visual stories, premiered at a Sound Diaries event organized by Sonic Arts Research Center at Oxford Brookes University, UK, The project website.

photo by Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola


June, 'The Hearth', a soundscape performance exploring the relationship between nature, culture, and fire and how it gets to be expressed in sound. The performance took place within 'A Longer Table', a generative exhibition curated by Heather Jones and Sally Müller, in collaboration with artists Ami Kohara and Erik Sjödin at Köttinspektionen, Uppsala, Sweden. Through shared curatorial research, Jones and Müller investigate the notion of hospitality in contemporary art generally, and within the context of a community art space specifically. In the midst of an ever-quickening pace of life, mass global relocation, conflicts around identity and belonging, and frantic searches for history, community and connection, this project is a first step in the exploration of hospitality as a concept and how it might be adapted for contemporary art and its relationship to its audiences and the community at large.

photo by Brett Ascarelli


June, Sound contribution to 'This Mantled', a durational performance by Anamaya Farthing-Kohl and Nathalie Wuerth exploring power relationships encoded in domestic items and everyday material culture, at Fylkingen, Stockholm.

photo by Anamaya Farthing-Kohl


May, 'Sonic Sensibilities', soundwalk and performance with Janna Holmstedt at an annual Spring Clean event, Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm. 'In Sonic Sensibilities, the artistry of Janna Holmstedt and Jacek Smolicki and their respective interest for different forms of listening practices and sound technologies meet. Through active listening to other aspects of our surroundings than those we usually notice in a visually oriented culture emerge. How do I perceive my surroundings and my own presence in these if I silently listen, instead of looking at or speaking about it? How do the surroundings and the objects sound? How does language really sound? What does technology do with our listening and our bodies? In Sonic Sensibilities, which can be said to consist of three acts, we are led from already existing soundscapes and ways of listening outdoors, to augmented, distorted and recorded sounds in Smolicki's performative sound collage where everyday objects are used in unexpected and poetic ways, over to historical sound archives, animal voices and storytelling in Holmstedts lecture-performance. The latter takes its starting point in sound recordings of communicational experiments performed on dolphins in the 1950's and 60's in the USA, where the dolphins were supposed to learn to speak english with their low holes. At the centre of it all was a women called Margaret Howe, whom, during 75 days, tried to live under equal conditions with the dolphin Peter in a house filled with water.'

photo by Marabouparken


May-June, Guest lecturing within the course "Design and Power" offered by Design+Change program at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. My classes and workshops covered such topics as experimental and critical cartography, experimental map and book making, history of collage and subversive techniques of revealing, visualising and sonifying power relationships in public spaces.


May, 'Para-archives' my doctoral dissertation, receives an honorary mention at the biannual best PhD prize in Media and Communications granted by the Swedish Association for Media & Communication Research (FSMK).


March, 'Ottilia Adelborg: Assembling the World', a talk and publication launch with Malin Pettersson Öberg at 'Ottilia Adelborg revisited', an exhibition curated by Sara Rossling at Konstakademien, Stockholm.

February, 'Soundscaping', a performative sonification of space at an evening with psychogeography curated by Katt Hernandez and featuring J.Barrett, H.Frisk, G.Hudson, K.Hernandez, L.Gerholm, and B. Andersen, CoyoteSTHM gallery, Hammarby, Stockholm,

February, 'Per Aspera Ad Astra', performative soundscape composition premiered at a group concert with Grisha Shakhnes and Katt Hernandez, Larry's Corner, Stockholm,


2018

November, 'Returning the Ear', art residency with Tim Shaw at Inter Arts Center (IAC) and mini-tour in Copenhagen, Denmark (Illutron), Malmö (IAC), Stockholm (Fylkingen), Sweden

October/November, 'Footbook for Soundwalking', (forthcoming 2019), a custom-made art/research residency at Arc Artist Residency, Romainmôtier, Switzerland

July, 'Listening Back, Listening Ahead', soundscape/soundwalk composition in conjunction with the International World Listening Day, broadcast on Resonance FM, and Resonance Extra, London, UK,

July, 'Gagnef Soundscapes', sound performance at Gagnef Festival 2018, Gagnef, Sweden

July, 'Assembling the World', design and premiere of a publication co-edited with Malin Pettersson Öberg in conjunction to the exhibition Unfold a Place, at the Ottilia Adelborg Museum in Gagnef, Sweden

June, 'The Spring Thing', coorganizing and participating in a forum on artistic research at Arc Residency in Jura Mountains, Romainmôtier-Envy, Switzerland

May, Guest lecturing and leading a workshop on mapping and documenting historical and present power relations in public space in Krakow/Poland, within the course "Design and Power" offered by Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden

April, 'Cache 22: on Lures and Traps of Digital Memory', talk at the closing event of Living Archives research project at Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden

April, 'Quivering Stillness', sound performance at the closing event of Living Archives research project at Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden

April, 'Disrupted Witnessing', w/Tim Shaw presented within Testimony - Politics or Truth at Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

March, 'Disrupted Witnessing', w/Tim Shaw presented within Testimony - Politics or Truth, curated by Noa Treister at Volkskundemuseum (Folklore museum), Vienna, Austria

February, 'Alienating and Affirmative Power of Contemporary Mnemotechnologies', talk at Documedial Revolution seminar, Collè ge d'études mondiales de la FMSH, Paris, France

January, Thematic residency on artistic research at Arc Residency in Jura Mountains, Romainmôtier, Switzerland


2017

December, 'Para-Archives:Rethinking Personal Archiving Practices in the Times of Capture Culture', PhD defense at School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden.

November, 'Post-Digital Archives', talk and inaguration of Para-Archives, a post-digital publication series at Thinking Through the Digital in Literature, international conference in Linköping, Sweden.

September, '[Post]-[Digital]-[Archives]', exhibition and soundwalk at Inter Arts Center (IAC) in Malmö, Sweden (curating and participating). Invited artists and practitioners: Olle Essvik, Tim Shaw, Malin Pettersson Öberg, Ronda Bautista, Jenny Soep, Nikita Mazurov, Lucy N. Read more

September, 'Soundwalking as Para-archiving', talk at Det Trä dje Öret, (The Third Ear), Lund University, (IAC), Malmö, Sweden

July, 'Stockholm Soundwalk', multi-modal soundwalk in conjunction with the World Listening Day, Stockholm, Sweden

May, 'Fragmentarium - on Post Digital Archives', talk and exhibition at GeoMedia conference in Karlstad, Sweden

April, 'Fragmentality-Palma', residency, workshop, soundwalk and exhibition in collaboration with Ronda Bautista, Cac Ses Voltes, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

March, Talk with Maria Renée Morales Lam at IASPIS open house, Stockholm,

February, 'Returning the Ear', collaborative sound-walk and performance with Tim Shaw, Northern Charter, Newcastle, UK


2016

September, 'Amble', collaborative residency, sound-walk performance w/Tim Shaw, Les Weekends du ROY Festival, Arc Residency in Jura Mountains, Romainmôtier-Envy, Switzerland

August, 'Returning the Ear', collaborative sound-walk with Tim Shaw, Science and Technology by Other Means 4S/EASST conference in Barcelona, Spain

June, 'Sonic Flaneurie' workshop, presentation and soundwalk, Flaneur Festival, Oslo, Norway

June, 'On Lifelogging and Quantified Self', interview for Medea Vox/Malmö University, Sweden

April, 'Fragmentarium', talk at a symposium on artists' books 'After the book' at the City Library in Linköping, Sweden

March, 'Minuting' online residency at InSonora festival of sound and interactive arts, Madrid, Spain


2015

November, 'Reality Backup', solo exhibition at Gallery Detroit/Stockholm

October, '24 Hour Reenactments', durational performance together with the Living Archives research group, AHA festival of Art and Science at Chalmers University Göteborg, Sweden

September, 'The Only Thing We Have to Fear is...' presentation at the symposium on Media Archaeology Lab and Artistic Practices, Data Museet, Linköping, Sweden

June, 'The Art of Self-Tracking', curatorial co-direction with Alberto Frigo and participation in a group show at Mason Fort back to back with Quantified Self conference in San Francisco, USA


2014

March, 'Street-sampling Madrid', installation, performance and workshop at In-Sonora, VIII Festival of Sound and Intermedia Arts, Madrid, Spain


2013


November, 'On the Art and Act of Archiving in the Digital Age', conducting a workshop on Augmented Reality at Moholy Nagy Institute of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary

November, Performing within Tarek Atoui's project 'Metastable Cut' at 'The Art of Memory' Exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

October, 'Slussen Project', sound installation at Medborgarplatsen Library, Stockholm, Sweden

October, 'AffeXity', installation and performance co-developed with Living Archives research group members (Susan Kozel, Jeannette Ginslov, Camilla Ryd and Daniel Spikol) within the ReNew performance art festival in Copenhagen, Denmark

September, 'Hökarängen Project', sound installation and performance at the group exhibition 'Aural Spatiality', Stockholm, Sweden

July, 'Open hAir', sound installation and performance in collaboration with Azusa Itagaki, Norbergfestival, Norberg, Sweden

June, 'Slussen Project: Archiving the Ephemeral' sound installation at Musik Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

March, 'District 1941-1943', artistic direction and production of a commemorative soundwalk for the Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow, Poland