Cut & Fade: SOUNDwalk

Annie Mahtani (Producer), Iain Armstrong (Producer)

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Cut & Fade is a site-specific soundwalk in Smethwick that is hosted on our SOUNDwalker app. It was commissioned by Multistory and launched on 5th June 2019 at Blast! Festival. Bearwood sits right on the border between Birmingham and Smethwick and the centre of this community is the local high street, Bearwood Road. Along the Bearwood Road we discovered a high density of barbers and hairdressers serving the diverse local population. Hair salons are an essential part of any community and provide a space for conversations that reveal glimpses into people’s lives. Our soundwalk presents a series of sonic portraits of the people who work in and frequent these businesses. Using the SOUNDwalker map and GPS, walkers are invited to visit each salon where audio tracks will transport them inside to hear the activity and everyday conversations of clients and staff tending to their hair and beauty routines.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2019
EventBlast!: Festival of photography, talks and walks - Sandwell, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 May 201929 Jun 2019


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  • SOUNDwalker

    Mahtani, A. & Armstrong, I., 12 Mar 2018

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