John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography

“So slowly that your feet become ears”

Sound Map by Elijah Odegard

Soundwalks – led by both artist Elisa Ferrari and Ms. Persoon’s students – have been Part of the generative process of the sound of a cactus being touched by a raindrop.

These silent walks have mostly been centered around Lord Strathcona Elementary School and have allowed students to note differences and experience the richness of their everyday sonic environment.

Students took turns leading soundwalks around the school. Each student was then asked to create a sound map based on the experience.

Phoenix’s Sound Map

For their last soundwalk, artist Elisa Ferrari led a walk through the fog to McLean Park asking students to try to “walk so slowly that your feet become ears”. Once at the park, Ferrari invited students to produce sounds that reverberate through different parts of the body starting with the jaw, the mouth, the nose, and finally through the cranium and sinuses.

Reflecting back on past soundwalks, students observed that keeping silent has become easier and easier and that in the fog, sounds seemed to change and become more muffled.

Listen in to clips from sound walks at Lord Strathcona and Maplewood Flats:

These recordings are best experienced with headphones