A site-based audiowalk of the Westmead Precinct, 2018
*read instructions below
written & produced by Justine Shih Pearson
with (in order of appearance)
Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, Darug-Yuin Elder
Marily Cintra, Arts & Cultural Consultant, Westmead Hospital
Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder, AO, Director, Research and Education Network, Western Sydney Local Health District
Dr Naseem Ahmadpour, Lecturer, Design Lab, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Bilal Hafda, Storyteller-in-Chief, Parramatta Story Factory
Parragirl audio recordings courtesy of the PFFP Memory Project and the artists: Denise Nicholas, Jenny McNally, Lynne Edmondson Paskovski & Bonney Djuric
music by Jed Palmer & Aunty Jacinta Tobin
commissioned by the University of Sydney
thanks also to
Michael Anderson, Zoë Barry, Wendy Bryan-Clothier, Rosie Dennis, Paul Dwyer, Paul Gardiner, Lily Hibberd, Sascha Jenkins, Richard Manner, Gail Priest, Tim Sinclair, Liza-Mare Syron, Yana Taylor, Michael Texilake, Leanne Tobin, and Aunty Edna Watson
Poems by Bilal Hafda are “Stone” and “Gemini”
Songs by Jacinta Tobin are “Maybe Tomorrow” (with Sarah Pattison) and “Women’s Healing Song”
This audiowalk is a site-based interactive experience. The walk takes about an hour. What do you need to do? You can stream the album or mark it to play offline via the Soundcloud mobile app. Track 1 should be listened to at home, before you begin the walk. You can do the walk Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Once onsite at Westmead, start from Track 2 and simply follow the directions.
You need to use headphones to get the 3D effect of binaural sound. Try to use earbuds or some kind of headphones that you can hear well with, but that won't block out all the ambient sound around you. You will be a real person in the real world and will have to use your judgement to navigate other people, traffic, etc.
Play the full album, and the tracks will follow one to the next without you having to consult your device… this gives you the best experience. You want to be able to pop your player in your pocket and notice the world around you, other than the few times you are instructed to pause.
You can download a pdf map of the area with the beginnings of the tracks marked at https://tinyurl.com/y7syc6ej/. If you do get lost, just hit pause, go back to the beginning of the track and begin from the corresponding location. But don't follow the map as you walk. If you listen to the recording and walk in time to the sound of my footsteps you will know where to go and won't get lost.
There is talk of death and illness, incarceration and abuse. The walk may bring up memories or associations from your personal history, for example if you have had a recent bereavement. If you need to pause for any reason, you can always stop the recording and restart when you want to. You make this walk happen.
The walk should be done as an individual. Go with a friend if you want to (it's great to have someone to talk to about it afterwards) but don't walk hand-in-hand. Try to stagger your start by at least 10 minutes.
When you reach the end of the recording, it is up to you to find your way back. This is your opportunity to choose your journey - you can follow the route of the audiowalk in reverse (the return journey is never the same) or find your own route. You might want to stop along the way and look at things in more detail. From the end of the walk it is a 10-15 minute walk back to the Westmead Education and Conference Centre.