Walking Festival of Sound

  • Karami, S. (Contributor)
  • Ronda Bautista (Contributor)
  • Jacek Smolicki (Artist)
  • Tim Shaw (Artist)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


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 sound walkers.

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.
Period5 Apr 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational