As historian Emily Thompson notes, the soundscape is “simultaneously a physical environment and a way of perceiving that environment.” Sound artist Anna Friz led this small group as they walked together while listening closely to their surroundings, considering all sounds as phenomena worthy of attention. This excursion asked participants to become mindful and implicated listeners to their sonic environment (or soundscape), whether indoors or out. The 30-minute walk was followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
Anna Friz is a Canadian-born sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation and performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Sound in the Film and Digital Media Department of University of California, Santa Cruz.