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Inaudible Cities

Inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, this project explores the suburbs of Stockholm in order to create a series of short stories describing diverse facets of the city life from the perspective of its peripheries. As aesthetic and critical modes of engaging with the place I prioritize listening and creative field recording. Thus, the interest in urban peripheries is followed by an interest in peripheral sonic situations in which mundane elements of natural and cultural realms, infrastructures, and debris become leading actors. As a structuring method I use the Stockholm subway map and visit all thirteen end stations. What stories about the city can be revealed when our attention shifts from the central to peripheral, visual to sonic, from the extra- to infra-ordinary?

Jacek Smolicki, 2019
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