244 Lake St.,
Oak Park, IL, 60302
What is a soundwalk? It is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. I believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves.
We also can use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. We start by listening in our own silence. Being mindful of our own consciousness. Then we focus on how we sound as we move throughout the site. We then expand our listening to what is near to us, what just passed us and then what is ahead.
At the end of the walk we should be able to answer the following questions:
How do these sounds define where you are on the site? What sounds are constant?
What sounds change the site? What moves through it? What are the durations?
What do you expect to hear? What did you remember hearing? What sounds do you like?
What sounds don’t you like?