Soundwalk Collective

On Thursday August 29th and September 5th Radio Papesse hosts the Soundwalk Collective, introducing a retrospectve series dedicated to their work and running, weekly, on Radio Papesse till October 17th. We start from two worksthat are in line with our sound-journey to South: Ayahuasqueros, scheduled on Thursday 29 at 2.00 pm and Ulysses Syndrome, streaming on September 5th at 2.00 pm.

Ayahuasqueros is a Radio Essay by Jeremy Lopez, featuring Victor Nieto and Ushamano Walter Martinez, produced in collaboration with Francisco Lopez.The environmental recordings are from the Peruvian forest.

In their visions, Ayahuasca shamans say they see the essences that animate living beings, the first property of which is to emit melodies. These essences are considered powerful beings, and Ayahuasqueros learn their melodies by singing along. Singing like powerful beings, they learn to see like them, and this gives them knowledge. The melodies that shamans bring back from their visions are called “icaros”; they help navigate the space of ayahuasca consciousness, and can also serve as lifelines when overwhelmed by visions. Grab onto the icaros: these songs are made of knowledge.

Ulysses Syndrome: Recording from the Mediterranean Sea.
In the Fall of 2008 Soundwalk Collective embarked aboard an old gaff-rigged sailboat equipped with scanners and aerial antennae for a sound odyssey recording the Hertzian frequencies along the shores of the Mediterranean basin. Following the ancient path of Ulysses, they continuously scanned and recorded all possible radio interceptions over a range of 40 miles around the boat, while close to shore and far out at sea. The resulting work is resonant of Homer’s epic, 1500 hours of collected sound, distilled and re-interpreted into the form of a glorious sonic fresco.

BIO || Soundwalk Collective is an international art collective based in New York City & Berlin.
Since 2000 they have been sonic nomads, embarking on never ending journeys from the desolate land of Bessarabia to the desert of Rub al Khali. By exploring and documenting the world around us through its sounds, the Collective abstracts and re-composes narrative sound pieces through fragments of reality to form distinct audible journeys.

Soundwalk Collective comprises four members Stephan Crasneanscki (France) Dug Winningham (USA), Simone Merli (Italy), Kamran Sadeghi (Iran-USA).

Created by Stephan Crasneanscki, the Collective’s recent installations and performances were shown at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); MADRe Museum of Contemporary Art (Napoli); New Museum (New York); National Museum of Singapore NMS (Singapore); Abu Dhabi: Art, Talks and Senstions (Abu Dhabi); Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid (Hong kong, Tokyo, New York); EXIT Festival at Maison des Arts de Creteils (Paris); Villa de Noailles – Centre d’Art et de Culture Contemporain (Hyères); Gare Saint Saveur (Lille); Palacio Belmonte (Lisbon); KaZantip Republic 2011; Florence Gould Hall (New York); ARMA 17 (Moscow).