(Slightly) Relaxed Soundwalks was a series of monthly soundwalks between July 2020 and July 2021. The soundwalks took place in urban green spaces and were tailored to the shifting conditions of COVID lockdowns: designed to be limited to small numbers, local to the corner of north-east London where we were both living and socially distanced to a greater or lesser degree (which ranged from walking 2 meters apart to communicating solely via a phone app and not meeting in person at all).
Billed as “a slow, in-depth exploration of the sounds and other sensory experiences” we took a relaxed and exploratory approach, experimenting with different approaches and sometimes recording sounds and sharing thoughts on WhatsApp or Telegram as we walked.
Alisa Oleva and Debbie Kent collaborate in the Demolition Project, exploring mapping, walking and urban life in walks, workshops and participatory art. Separately, Alisa is currently working with Pier Projects to develop a community project in Felixstowe; Debbie is making an extended audio essay/walk, The Sounding Line, as part of a PhD at Goldsmiths.