Wildfires, by Stephan Crasneansci. Photo by Tbel

Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith
CORRESPONDENCES

2023 - 2024

CORRESPONDENCES is an ever-evolving project between Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith. Spanning over 10 years, it traverses a wealth of geographies and their natural environments, where the artists have uncovered sonic steps left by poets, filmmakers, revolutionaries and impact of climate change.

Soundwalk Collective’s founder, Stephan Crasneanscki, has explored, captured and collected the world’s remotest places in sound to awaken a sonic memory within the landscape, uncovering traces of past and current histories of the world we are living in. The resulting compositions are made of sound that reflect our relation to this world, the environment, the soul of our existence, and the creative process of the artist.

Initially composed as long travelling shots, soundtracks to an invisible movie, Stephan brought these recordings to Patti Smith, giving her new landscapes to channel her poetic vision. This ongoing resonance between the artists – which started during a chance encounter on a plane – has been shaped by their correspondences: ongoing conversations with the intention of reflecting on life and nature.

For CORRESPONDENCES, their collaboration focuses on eight unique pieces that revert the relationship of sound to image. Sound came first, and only then would imagery be found to tell the music’s story, visually edited to each soundtrack. From a collaboration with TBA21-Academy exploring the destructive impact of seismic airguns and human interventions in the oceans, to the resilience of Nature in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, to the decentralized societies envisioned by Peter Kropotkin, to the wastelands of Pasolini’s last night: the pieces presented become thought-provoking audiovisual journeys.

Eight screens positioned along two perpendicular axes, present an interplay between two movies at one time, as two sides of a vinyl, where the images and sounds mirror one another and act as yet another correspondence.

Elsewhere in the exhibition, lightbox tables display layers of artwork that reflect and document the process of creation of each piece, featuring original drawings, handwritten texts, photographs, scientific data and other studies.

Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki, the 8x films also feature original footage from ‘I Tagli di Medea’ by Pier Paolo Pasolini starring Maria Callas, courtesy of Cinemazero; ‘Pasolini’ by Abel Ferrara starring Willem Dafoe; ‘Andrei Rublev’ by Andrei Tarkovsky and ‘Andrei Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer’ by Andrey A. Tarkovskiy; courtesy of Andrey A. Tarkovskiy; Satellite Imagery by NASA, ESA; Ocean Data Visualisation conceived by Territorial Agency/ John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog with Soundwalk Collective, in collaboration with TBA21–Academy.

Curated by Santiago Gardeazábal, CORRESPONDENCES is produced in collaboration with Nova et Vetera, the Centro Nacional de las Artes Delia Zapata Olivella, Teatro Colón de Bogotá, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, and Analogue Foundation.

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Artistic Direction
: Stephan Crasneanscki with Patti Smith

Associate Producer
: Simone Merli

Sound and Music by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith

Drawings, Photography & Film
: Stephan Crasneanscki

Poems, Texts, Drawings & Words
: Patti Smith



Soundwalk Collective Production
:
Elena Origliasso, 
Douglas Pisterman, Kato Kacharava, Masha Demianova
Music Co-Production
: Russell Elevado


Guest Musicians & Sound Artists
: Aurelien Rivière, 
Diego Espinosa Cruz Gonzalez,
Dug Winningham, Francisco Lopez
, Hans Tammen, Kamran Sadeghi, Leonardo Heiblum,

Lucy Railton
, Nicolas Becker, Radu Cilinca, Robert Henriques
, Szabolcs ‘Szabi’ Bognar
Guest Voices: 
Abel Ferrara
, Giorgi Javakhshvili, Giorgi Manjgaladze
, Jean-Luc Godard
, Lashari Georgian Choir
, Willem Dafoe



Field Recording
: Stephan Crasneanscki


Ocean Recordings & Underwater Species
: Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
, Jana Winderen, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Tony Myatt
; In Collaboration with TBA21–Academy
Seismic Airgun: Courtesy of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory VENTS Program
Chernobyl Children's Choir Arrangement
: Hans Tammen


Chief Choirmaster: Igor Gribkov

 

Recording Engineers
: Bastian Lozier, 
Erik Breuer, George Gvarjaladze, 
Pablo Godin
, Stan Neff


Sound Mixes
: Erik Breuer
, Russell Elevado


Studio Assistants: Erwan Abbas, 
Heinrich Matis
, Rhea Sodemann

Directors of Photography
: Anastasia Ivanova
, Dhanesh Jayaselan, Ennio Guarnieri
,
Kimani Schumann
, Roman Klymchuk, Stefano Falivene, Vadim Yusov

Film Editors
: Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Brian Close, Eva Ibáñez Fuertes, John Palmesino,
Leonardo Daniel Bianchi


Analogue Film Processing
: Pedro Maia

Film Archivist: 
Olivia Streisand


‘Cry Of The Lost’ features satellite imagery, remote data sensing and ice data by Territorial Agency; footage of Barents Sea protest against seismic blasts courtesy of Greenpeace, all rights reserved


‘Medea’ features original unreleased footage from ‘I Tagli Di Medea’ by Pier Paolo Pasolini, starring Maria Callas; courtesy of Cinemazero

‘Pasolini’ features original footage by Abel Ferrara, starring Willem Dafoe; courtesy of Abel Ferrara


‘The Acolyte’ features original footage from ‘Andrei Rublev’ by Andrei Tarkovsky and from ‘Andrei Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer’ by Andrey A. Tarkovskiy; courtesy of Andrey A. Tarkovskiy



Satellite Imagery by Territorial Agency, NASA, ESA

Wildfire Footage Courtesy of: California Dept. Of Natural Resources; Critical Past;
Department of Agriculture Forest Service; State of California Division of Forestry;
California Department of Water Resources; Rick Ray/Videvo; Huntley Archives; Kinolibrary; Seattle Municipal Archives; National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute;
National Wildfire Coordinating Group; AirSource Military; 564Fire;
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Line Producers: Andrey Bundin, 
Ollie Shor, Tina Makharadze, Zoe Perret


Photo Retouching
: Jakob Axelman
, Ryan Boatright


Photography Printing & Consultation: 
Alessio Boni
, Masha Demianova

Graphics
: Ekaterina Kachavina


Text Editing
: Jorinde Croese


Visual Designer
: Florian Tobias Schmitt

Exhibition Documentation: Kato Kacharava, Tbel

Special Thanks
: Ali Demirel, Andi Midge, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Franziska Benger, Julia Diekaemper, Levan Berulava, Marc Raymond Wilkins, Marcus Gammel, Markus Reymann, Nestan Nijaradza, Petra Linhartova, Riccardo Costantini, Sohichiro Matsumoto, Tony Cederteg, Valeri Chekheria, Analogue Foundation, Audio-Technica, Greenpeace, Language of Sound, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, National Museum of Natural History of Kiev, TBA21–Academy, Territorial Agency. Produced in Collaboration with Nova Et Vetera, TPMM, Analogue Foundation

YEAR
TITLE
PROJECT
2023 - 2024
CORRESPONDENCES with Patti Smith
Exhibition, CNA Bogota, TPMM Tbilisi, FIM Guadalajara
2023 - 2024
CORRESPONDENCES - Live
Live Performance
2023
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED - Live
Live Performance
2023
MAISON GAINSBOURG with Charlotte Gainsbourg
Soundtrack, Maison Gainsbourg Paris
2022
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED by Laura Poitras
Film Score
2022 - 2024
EVIDENCE with Patti Smith
Museum Exhibition, Centre Pompidou Paris, CCB Lisbon
2022
IGUANA TOKYO by Kaan Mujdeci
Film Score
2021
LOVOTIC with Charlotte Gainsbourgfeat. AtomTM, Lyra Pramuk, Paul B. Preciado, Willem Dafoe
Audiovisual Installation, FOROF Rome
2021
MEMORY LOST by Nan Goldin
Film Score
2021
A ROOF FOR SILENCE by Hala Warde
Sound Installation, Venice Architecture Biennale
2020
PERADAM with Patti Smithfeat. Anoushka Shankar, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tenzin Choegyal
Album LP
2020
WE ARE NOT ALONE with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hussain Al Jassmi, Nina Kraviz, Willem Dafoe, Wim Wenders, Zhou Dongyu, Jean Nouvel
Sound Installation, Louvre Abu Dhabi
2019
THE TIME OF THE NIGHT with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Patti Smith
Sound Installation, Fondation Carmignac
2019
MUMMER LOVE with Patti Smithfeat. Philip Glass, Mulatu Astatke and the Sufi Group of Sheikh Ibrahim
Album LP
2019
THE PEYOTE DANCE with Patti Smith
feat. Gael García Bernal and the Rarámuri Indians of the Sierra Tarahumara
Album LP
2019
THE WOMEN’S MARCH, 1789 by Nan Goldin
Sound Installation, Palace of Versailles
2019
OSCILLATION
Sound Installation, Philharmonie de Paris
2019
AYAHUASQUEROS
Audiovisual Installation, Times Square 'Midnight Moment', NYC
2019
MIRAGE
Sound Installation, Louvre Abu Dhabi
2019
SIBERIA by Abel Ferrara
Film Score
2018
DEATH MUST DIE
Album LP
2018
ULYSSES SYNDROME
Sound Installation, Manifesta12 Palermo
2018
EΞΟΔΟΣ I Exodos by Sasha Waltz
Score for Dance Choreography
2018
WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND
Audiovisual Installation, Kraftwerk Berlin
2018
KREATUR by Sasha Waltz
Score for Dance Choreography
2017
TRANSMISSIONS
Album LP
2017
RESONANCE
Sound Installation, Palazzo Reale, Milan
2017
BEFORE MUSIC THERE IS BLOOD
Album LP
2017
PRINCES AMONG MEN by Stephan Crasneanscki
Film Score
2016
KHANDROMA
Audiovisual Installation, Rubin Museum, NYC
2016
KILLER ROAD with Jesse Paris Smith and Patti Smith
Album LP
2015
A MEMOIR OF DISINTEGRATION with Nan Goldin, Samuel Rohrer and Tina Frank
Audiovisual Performance, CTM Festival, Berlin
2014
SONS OF THE WIND
Film Score and Album LP
2009
KILL THE EGO by Ro Starr
Film Score
2008
CHANEL MOBILE ART by Zaha Hadid
Sound Installation, Hong Kong, Tokyo, NYC

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