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We meet the winners and honourable mentions of the SWS22 Awards. They discuss their work and process, and tell us what inspired them.
Last year’s winner, Laura Mitchison, took home the prize for a second time, also having come away as a winner of the SWS20 Awards.
Our Grand Jury member John Drever identified Laura’s work as a “highly evocative” soundwalk; “Are you a Ghost Hunter? affords the perfect excuse to visit the fascinating Old Church in Stoke Newington, East London.”
Tony Onuchukwu received one of the honourable mentions for his soundscape with a focus on Birling Gap.
In the soundwalk Birling Gap, Isabella Bonner-Evans and Tony Onuchukwu translate the majestic atmosphere of Birling Gap into a soundwalk, replete with a melodic soundtrack accompanying Bonner-Evans’ tranquil narration.
Another honourable mention went to Eleanor Rycroft‘s Night Walk, which follows a group of 17 women walking through Clifton Downs, in Bristol, at midnight in July 2022.
A significant area for histories of gender, sexuality and race in the city, the listener is let into this unique political act of reclaiming space through a raw and honest walk addressing critical current issues about the safety of women in a location historically associated with sex-work.
Then, Jo Scott‘s Wanders in the (wild) smart city received last year’s third honourable mention.
In it, Jo has produced a thought-provoking and beautiful soundwalk, bringing to our attention the unnoticed and overlooked, exploring the unseen digital networks monitoring and assessing our behaviour, without us being aware of this.
Join us, for a discussion on the work by these fantastic creators, followed by an open discussion on where they draw their inspiration from, and, perhaps, what’s next.