We are exploring ways of caring for and engaging with our surroundings through sound, and for this purpose we’re using soundwalking and soundsitting as our method. A soundwalk or soundsitting entails a conscious effort to observe one’s surroundings through sounds as well as sight. It is a method that requires no special tools or lengthy instructions; your daily commute, sitting in your garden, walking through the woods, by a lake, or in a city.

We explore what happens when we shift our focus and consider the world by listening and being guided by what sounds are present or non-present. This way anyone can bring their knowledges to the table. How have these sounds changed over time? Which sounds have appeared or faded away? What other species are present with us? How do these sounds feel in the body, and are there ways we can connect these feelings into acts of care for our environs?

Online Writing League - OWL

In addition to paying attention to sonic knowledges (the knowledge we can glean through sound), we also want to explore sound and our local environment through storytelling. We’re convening an Online Writing Group in the fall, where we’d like to gather folks who want to dream and write about the future together. 
More info to come here, and sign up links for the Scandinavian speaking group here. International speakers sign up here

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Sound and Water

“Arctic Auditories – Hydrospheres in the High North” (NFR 325506, 2021-25) is an interdisciplinary project based in feminist methodologies. It engages scholarship and methods from sound arts, human geography and applied ethnomusicology to develop strategies for understanding environmental change through sound. Focusing on water environments, the ultimate aim of the project is to deliver innovative inter-disciplinary, empowering, and democratic listening strategies to help individuals and society more broadly, cultivate radical imaginations of futures beyond environmental anxiety.

Diverse methodologies

Through engaging in diverse listening processes, we seek to understand collectively non-hegemonic knowledges about how humans and more-than-humans live by, with, and in changing Arctic waters. On this basis, we aim to provide additional layers to the cartography of the High North. The findings will be conveyed to the wider public with an exhibition at the Polar Museum in Romsa/Tromsø.