Soundwalk Collective is an international art group based in New York City and Berlin, and includes founder Stephan Crasneanscki (Russia - France), Simone Merli (Italy) and Kamran Sadeghi (Iran - USA). The Collective combines nature, anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narratives, psycho-geography and the exploration of recording and listening to sound. The importance of their source material is directly linked to specific locations, requiring long peri-ods of investigative travel and field work. The presentation of their work is a combination of live performance, audio / visual installations and genre-bending music publications. Their most recent works feature collaborations with Nan Goldin; Jean-Luc Godard; and rock icon Patti Smith in "Killer Road,” their live homage to Nico. Soundwalk Collective’s recent installa-tions and performances have been shown at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), CTM Festival (Berlin), KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), MUDAM (Luxembourg), MADRe Museum of Contemporary Art (Napoli) and Barbican Centre (London).
Stephan Crasneanscki is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of cutting-edge art group Soundwalk Collective, which first made its name producing non-traditional audio guides mix-ing reality and narrative fiction to provide the listener with a poetic and immersive experience while discovering a given city. His first sound tours through New York's Chinatown and Lower East Side districts became immediate critically-acclaimed classics. The Adidas foundation commissioned him to create three new 'Soundwalks', as they came to be known, among them a tour of the Bronx narrated by hip-hop pioneers Jazzy Jay and Afrika Bambaataa, which won the Audie award in 2004. Stephan Crasneanscki has since won numerous prizes and accolades, including the 2005 Dalton Pen Award for the Sonic Memorial Soundwalk of New York's Ground Zero, narrated by Paul Auster; the 2007 Audie Award for the Hasidic Sound-walks and the 2009 Audie Award for the Beijing Soundwalk, narrated by the Chinese actress Gong Li.