Intertidal Room: A Soundwalk through Timescapes of Vancouver's Coastline




Intertidal Room is a soundwalk composition developed for Vancouver coastline near Stanley Park, unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples - Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lõ and Səlīlwəta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəýəm (Musqueam) Nations. The composition invites the listener to embark on a soundwalk during a period of slack water. It is a moment when the tide is at the lowest point and soon about to return. By attending to the fugitive nature of intertidal zones, this soundwalk intends to provide a temporary room for increased aural attention to the ways people have been cultivating, affecting but also disrupting various, also imperceptible layers of these complex environments.

Author Biography

Jacek Smolicki, Linköping University

Jacek Smolicki is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, educator, and soundwalker. His works bring historical, critical, and ethical dimensions to recording practices and technologies in diverse contexts. He is currently enrolled in an international postdoctorate funded by the Swedish Research Council. His project explores the history and prospects of soundwalking and field-recording practices from the perspective of media arts, environmental humanities, and philosophy of technology. He is also an associate scholar at the Informatics and Media Hub for Digital Existence at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has exhibited internationally and recently co-founded the Walking Festival of Sound (, a transdisciplinary event focusing on the creative and critical potential of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings.