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Panels will be held online and in person, a zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. To attend in person, the panels will be hosted at MB8.340m John Molson Building,  1600 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O

Eric Leonardson

Friday April 1, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 

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Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as President of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Associate Professor Adjunct in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences beyond art world contexts; engaging and connecting communities in the interrelated aspects of sound, listening, and environment.

Kathy Kennedy

Friday April 1, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 


Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist with formal training in classical voice and visual art. Her practice is a lifelong study of the voice and its interface with technology, identity and public space. She has been deeply involved in community art, and is a founder of the digital media center for women in Canada, Studio XX, as well as the innovative choral group for women, Choeur Maha. Her large-scale sonic installation/performances for up to 100 singers and radio, called “sonic choreographies” have been performed internationally. She is currently on faculty at Concordia University, lectures and gives workshops on improvisation, listening, acoustic ecology and vocal empowerment. Her solo performances include a high level of improvisation and immersion. Her installations are subtle environments that invite and incite the listener to go deeper.

Colby Gaudet

Friday April 1, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 

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Colby Gaudet is an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of religion, colonialism, decoloniality, and the histories of indigenous-settler relations. Currently a PhD candidate in Religions & Cultures at Concordia University, Colby has a master's degree in Indigenous & Interreligious Studies (Vancouver School of Theology, 2018), and undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing (Concordia, 2008) and English (Dalhousie, 2006).

Colby's doctoral research investigates missionary archives and reflects critically on the historical functions of colonial Christianities in early eastern Canada. The title of their doctoral thesis is "Sacramental Communities: Atlantic World Catholics and Social formation in British Nova Scotia." Colby's MA thesis examined the roles of early 19th-century women in Acadian popular Catholicism.

Jacek Smolicki

Friday April 8, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 

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Dr. Smolicki is a cross-disciplinary artist, designer, researcher, and soundwalker. His work brings historical, existential and critical dimensions to listening, recording and archiving practices and technologies in diverse contexts. Besides working with historical documents, archives and heritage, Smolicki develops other modes of sensing, recording, and mediating stories and signals from various sites, scales, and temporalities. His work is manifested through soundwalks, soundscape compositions, expanded forms of writing, site-responsive performances, experimental para-archives, and audio-visual installations. He is a co-founder of Walking Festival of Sound, a transdisciplinary and nomadic event exploring the critical and reflective role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings.

Viv Corringham

Friday April 8, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 

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Viv Corrringham is a British vocalist and sound artist, active since the late 1970s. Her work includes concerts, soundwalks, radio works and multi-channel installations. She is interested in exploring people's sense of place and the link with personal history and memory. She received two Composer Fellowships from McKnight Foundation, through American Composers Forum. She studied and worked with Pauline Oliveros for many years and holds a Certificate to teach Deep Listening. She facilitates workshops in listening and sounding, most recently in Hong Kong, London, Bangalore, New York, Kolkata and Manila.

Elena Biserna

Friday April 8, 1 PM -2:30PM EST 

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Elena Biserna is an independent scholar and occasional curator based in Marseille, France. Her interests are focused on listening and on contextual, time-based art practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes, the public and political sphere. Her writings have appeared in several international publications (Les Presses du Réel, Mimesis, Le Mot et le Reste, Errant Bodies, Amsterdam University Press, Cambridge Scholar, Castelvecchi, Bloomsbury, etc.) and journals. She currently works on two books: Walking from Scores (Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2022) and Walking, Listening, Sound-making (Brussels: umland, 2022). She co-curates the series La Membrane and co-edits the column wi watt'heure of Revue & Corrigée with Carole Rieussec. As a curator, she has collaborated with or presented her projects in different venues/organisations. She has taught at ESAAix-École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille University and the Academy of fine art of Bologna and is associate researcher at PRISM (AMU /CNRS) and TEAMeD (Université Paris 8).

walk · listen · create

Friday April 15, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST


The website walk · listen · create is the home of walking artists as well as Sound Walk September. walk · listen · create operates on a plain that is bounded by sound, or audio, place, or location, and technology. Technology is not just mobile phones or computers, it’s also pen & paper, rocks, and anything that can be used as a tool. They catalogue the publications of artists who walk, and provide a place for walking artists to share their work, thoughts, pieces and events. walk · listen · create is maintained by:

Andrew Stuck conceived the idea of Sound Walk September, and he administers its finances. A podcaster since 2008, he has met and interviewed scores of walking artists and sound walk creatives.

Babak Fakhamzadeh supervises the online digital SWS platform that is hosted on the walk · listen · create website. Babak is a locative media creative and app builder in his own right and brings analytical strengths to SWS.

Geert Vermeire is the key connector, already the founder and convenor of Made of Walking, a globally networked community of more than a thousand four hundred walking artists and performers, he has been making locative media, and sound walks in particular for nearly two decades.

Norman Long

Friday April 15, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST

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Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. Norman's art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create, objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority and to affirm our existence.

Norman has exhibited and performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gemma Thompson

Friday April 15, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST

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Gemma Thompson is a multidisciplinary artist who works through drawing, print and sound to record sonic experience of place. She uses drawing to intuitively transcribe a sense or (intangible) feeling of place and to reimagine sound as physical presence. Recording sensory experience through drawing, soundwalking and listening, the movement of her hands attempts to mirror sound and rhythm, as a force or pressure. Through the process of printmaking, she explores the potential of multiplicity and the opportunity to enlarge drawn marks.


Gemma is based in London and finished her MFA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2021.

Hildegard Westerkamp

Friday April 22, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST

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Hildegard Westerkamp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1946, emigrated to Canada in 1968. She joined the World Soundscape Project under the direction of R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her involvement with this project not only activated deep concerns about noise and the general state of the acoustic environment in her, but it also changed her ways of thinking about music, listening and soundmaking. While completing her Master's Thesis Listening and Soundmaking - A Study of Music-as-Environment, she also taught acoustic communications courses until 1990 in the School of Communication at SFU together with colleague Barry Truax. Since then she has written numerous articles and texts addressing issues of the soundscape, acoustic ecology and listening. In 1993 she was instrumental in helping found the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (, an international network of affiliated organizations and individuals who share a common concern for the state of the world’s soundscapes. She was chief editor of its journal Soundscape between 2000 and 2012.

Antonella Radicchi

Friday April 22, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST

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Dr. Radicchi is a licensed architect and urbanist with over ten years of professional experience in Germany, Italy and the US at the forefront of research and innovation. She is currently a senior Research Associate at the TU Berlin Institute of City and Regional Planning, where she is the inventor and the Principal Investigator of the Hush City project. Her work has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and a Rotary International Ambassador Scholarship, among others, and presented in international media such as the BBC Future, World Economic Forum, WIRED. Her areas of interest and expertise encompass urban design and planning of environmental factors (e.g., sound/scapes, artificial light), public spaces; sustainable urban models (e.g., walkable cities, 15-Minute City); citizen science; creative research methods and multimodal digital tools (e.g., sense-walks, mobile apps).



Allie Martin

Friday April 22, 1 PM - 2:30pm EST

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Allie Martin is a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Dartmouth College in the Music Department and the Cluster for Digital Humanities and Social Engagement. Her work explores the relationships between race, sound, and gentrification in Washington, DC. Utilizing a combination of ethnographic fieldwork and digital humanities methodologies, Allie considers how African-American people in the city experience gentrification as a sonic, racialized process. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. She is currently working on her first book, tentatively entitled Intersectional Listening: Gentrification and Black Sonic Life in Washington, DC.

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