Walkman investigates how the use of portable music devices influences the experience of their listeners, and documents a new geography of the city and it inhabitants.
To achieve this, sonic and visual portraits were taken simultaneously of personal stero users in Amsterdam. The data of the image, once transformed into sound, was made to collide with the soundscape of the location. Afther this proccess, the resulting auditive result is transformed once more back into image, producing the following portraits of both the users and their surroundings.
As a technology, portable music devices blur the line between public and private space, since they allow for a intimate and private listening experience to happen in a public setting and it allow for nomadic listening. The user of device excersices a certain degree of control of the public space.
In this way, portable music devices have cognitive, aesthetic and moral dimension, since they inform us of the ways in which users relate to their surroundings, others and themselves. Under this light, personal stereos become a critical tool for users in their management of space and time, in their construction of boundaries around the self, and as the site of fantasy and memory.