Within the framework of their Walk & Talk residency at Arc (14 - 19 September 2016) Tim Shaw and Jacek Smolicki continued working on their particular method for attending to, documenting and mediating the space through a variety of sonic interventions.
This approach attempts to bring attention to practices of listening and audio-recording as a way of understanding the world around us. Shaw and Smolicki question and test diverse natures of listening and sound collection through performative walks within urban and rural spaces. Drawing on traditions of soundscape research, soundwalking, DIY technologies and experimental musical practices, their work engages with listening as a generative act in which spaces become open for diverse and experimental modes of attention and interpretation.
Amble, a work developed during their residency and presented during the festival Les Weekends du ROY on 18th September 2016, was a hybrid soundwalk and performative collage of the collected sonic material. Shaw and Smolicki invited participants to re-enact the trajectory of exploration they had been performing consistently over a period of four days. After a 30 minute walk, taking place in complete silence, the participants were then invited to take place in a space where a dozen of stations were placed hosting various recording devices, players, speakers and radio frequency receivers used throughout the residency. During the 30 minutes that followed, the artists created a semi-scripted and half-improvised composition drawing on the majority of recordings made over the previous days. While physically moving across the room, they performed a live montage of the material, conceiving a multilayered mnemonic soundscape which concluded with the real-time sound of a bell coming from the courtyard outside.