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Walking - One Sense At a Time: Sound-Walk


Fri 24 Aug 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 11:00am–1:00pm

Where: Queens Wharf, 99 Quay St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: zamuruieva

Walking the city streets may seem like an everyday experience: putting one foot in front of the other, getting to places. But what changes when you try walking more attentively, making use of your senses?

“Walking – one sense at a time” asks precisely that question. In this series of creative city explorations, we focus on one specific sense per walk: smell, sound, sight, touch.

Sounds, consciously listened to or not, constitute the soundscape of the city. Being constantly immersed into a sonic environment – without necessarily hearing – is part of our everyday experience.

Becoming aware and understanding what the city sounds like may help us understand how it works – the symphony of tinkling street bicycle bells or a clatter of steel columns being piled on top of each other at a construction site unfold different stories behind them. Delving into city sounds may link to broader social issues – what does a liveable city sound like, what is the sound of healthy and thriving community, how does injustice sound. We will keep these in mind when exploring the sonic environment, its cultural significance and our position in it.

During both day- and night-time walks we will find and note down the sounds we encounter on the route. Paying close attention to the surrounding sounds, we will also discuss what broader social issues they may represent. After the walk we will map out the individual sonic experiences, creating a unique sound map.

For one sound-walker the after-work clamors of the Queen Street may seem like a cacophony of unarranged sound pieces, while for another it may present itself as a jazzy combination of tunes. Sharing these personal reflections on the sounds heard is ultimately an opportunity to connect with the fellow walkers/listeners, learn something about each other and how it all relates to the streets we share.

Although the event is free, we kindly ask you register, as the amount of people for each walk is limited. To let us know that you would like to join for one or both of the walks, please send us an email to

Comfortable walking shoes & some water supplies (helpful to keep the senses alert!) would be a good idea.

The walks are led by a cultural geographer and artist Iryna Zamuruieva aka

Supported by Splice and Auckland Council.

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