Soundwalk Collective is an international art collective whose three members – Stephan Crasneanscki (Russia-France), Simone Merli (Italy), and Kamran Sadeghi (Iran-USA) – are based in Berlin and New York City. Since 2000 they have been creating audio works and live performances, which are often site- and venue-specific. To create their installations and soundscapes, they use a combination of custom-cut vinyl records with multiple turntables, tape machines, laptop computers or custom designed modular systems. Soundwalk Collective's recent installations and performances were shown at Centre Georges Pompidou, New Museum, National Museum of Singapore, and EXIT Festival at Maison des Arts de Creteils. They presented les non-dits as part of Crossing the Line 2011.
Jesse Paris Smith is a composer, pianist, and multi instrumentalist. Fascinated by patterns and elements found in nature and their relationship to sound, she took a departure from years of composing for solo piano, incorporating an obscure collection of natural instruments. Her music has been commissioned for films, commercials, art installations, audio books, accompaniment to poetry, and live score performances. She is one half of Tree Laboratory, a creative collaboration and production studio. In 2014, she graduated from NYOC Sound and Music Institute. She also curates and produces a weekly music series at Tibet House US, a monthly story telling event at Rubin Museum of Art, and has recently co-launched Pathway to Paris, a year-long series focusing on progressive climate action.
Patti Smith is a singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist. Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, she migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975, Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, and Camera Solo. In 2008 her major exhibition Land 250 opened at Fondation Cartier in Paris.
Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination; as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture; she was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music. On February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress. On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees presented Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers. Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. She and her band are continually touring worldwide and preparing for future recording projects.