Shadow-walks

Be the first to favourite this.

Walking piece details

Connected with

Artists and academics were invited to participate with an audio paper (a performative or walking audio essay) or an audio walk for the walking arts encounters/conference Drifting Bodies – Fluid Spaces / Made of Walking (VII).

  • Walking Event

    Drifting Bodies / Fluent Spaces – Lab2PT & Made of Walking (VII) – Guimaraes (Portugal)

    · 22 - 24 Jul, 2020

In this audio paper I describe my ongoing Shadow-walks project, which has occurred in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. The process is straightforward. I arrive in a new place and ask local inhabitants to take me on a special walk, one that has been repeated many times and has meaning or significance for that person. While walking together, I record our conversations and their stories. I then go back along the same route alone, attempting to get a sense of my previous companion’s traces on the walk, and I sing what I feel using wordless improvisations. An idea attributed to James Joyce is that places remember events and I find this idea very engaging – as if everything that happens leaves traces that we might be able to sense. If a person walks through certain places repeatedly, along the same route, does that act of walking impose a trace that can be mapped across time and space? In a sense Shadow-walks is an attempt to make a person’s traces, their shadow, audible through my singing, improvising voice. During the Covid 19 pandemic I have adapted the project to become Shadow-walks (at home), in which I gather recorded descriptions of walks and my singing reflects how I imagine them.
Examples of these and other Shadow-walks are played, including one in the borderlands of the Greek Prespes area and another with two women who discuss their fear of femicide in Mexico City.

key words: walking, sounding, communities, memory, narrative

Viv Corringham

I am a singer, walker and listener, British but currently based in New York. I've been working for about 40 years, making soundwalks, concerts, radio works and sound installations, and hold an MA Sonic Art and a Deep Listening teaching certificate. In m...

One thought on “Shadow-walks

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Also check out

walk · listen · café
Online meetup: Viv Corringham on ‘Listening with the Feet’

2020-05-26 18:00

Online

Walking Piece
New
SWS21
sloopwild
Walking Event SWS20
Sound as an art form; in conversation with Viv Corringham

2020-09-09 19:00

Online

Amanda Gutierrez and Ximena Alarcon will each present their artistic practice, followed by a conversation chaired by Viv Corringham. Three women artists working with sound as an art form.

walk · listen · café
The rhythm of the streets

2021-07-08 18:00

Online

Walking lays the rhythm of the streets, archives the voice and the memory of the city. Our feet are an instrument, and they read the sonic composition of urban space. Our listening revitalizes social space. By walking we connect our body with the body of the city, as players and listeners of an urbanophonic orchestra - conversation about how walkers resonate with the city and how the city is sonorically composed by / of its walkers.

Walking Piece SWS20
Shadow-Walks (at home)
Post
Shadow-walks (at home)

16 Nov, 2020

Viv Corringham walks with people and then 'sings' their route. Under lockdown, she did this remotely.

Walking Piece SWS21
Where am I? A dislocated soundwalk

HUB Prespa

Walking Piece SWS21
Full of Noises: a village sound walk

Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

East Hampton, New York, USA

Walking Event
Walking in Azcapotzalco

Harvestworks

2021-07-16 23:00

Governors Island, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA

Walking Piece
New
SWS21
Governors Island Audio Tour

Gesso

Governors Island, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA

Walking Piece
New
SWS21
Telegraph (Prespa)

Walking Piece
New
SWS21
Bald Rock/National Parks Soundtrail

Soundtrails