Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology.

This presentation will be a reflection on seven years of public soundwalks put on by the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective within the cultural context of Vancouver New Music’s concert and performance seasons. It will trace how this continuity of soundwalk activities over time and with increased involvement may have shifted and deepened experiences in listening and relationships to space and place. Have they altered cultural, political and ecological attitudes within the Collective, changed and inspired daily life activities, work, studies, creative processes? The presentation will be informed by Westerkamp's own involvement and by recent interviews with members of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and will include sound and video excerpts from selected soundwalks.

Hildegard Westerkamp (DE/CA) lectures on topics of listening, environmental sound and acoustic ecology and she conducts soundscape workshops. By focusing the ears’ attention to details in the acoustic environment, her many compositional works draw attention to the act of listening itself and to the inner, hidden spaces of the environment we inhabit.

This presentation was part of "Session 5 Soundwalks, Acoustic Spaces and Field Recordings".

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