New Perceptions of Familiar Places

Please join us at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, 19th November 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. We are showcasing a video installation.

New Perceptions of Familiar Places is a public engagement event. It showcases a video and sound installation of walks in Salford and several other cities around the world. The installation will take place in Salford Museum from 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm, and visitors can engage with the videos and sound recordings and respond in creative ways. The event breaks through geographical and perceptual barriers that may prevent us from understanding and engaging with urban environments. To view familiar places in new ways, we are using “La Dérive”, a way of walking and seeing that was developed by the Situationists International, and Hildegarde Westerkamp’s “soundwalking”. La Dérive or “drifting” deliberately avoids following prescribed or familiar pathways within cities. Soundwalking is group walking led in silence and to help participants pay attention to sounds in an environment. The goal of the event is to enhance attention of visitors to the Museum to details within their environment by engaging all the senses and by raising awareness of familiar surroundings.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Accessibility Information

Salford Museum is committed to being accessible for everyone. Participants at the event will have the opportunity to contact the organisers in advance to discuss any specific needs. The Arts and Media EDI lead advises on delivery. Both venues have extensive accessibility information on their websites and this will be provided to all participants in advance. All events are designed to enable participants to choose their own ways of engaging with the content based on their needs. For example, Salford Museum and Art gallery can provide hearing loops for those who require them. Videos and sound files will also be made accessible on the website ‘The Modern Backdrop’ hosted by the university of Salford ( 

On accessibility at the Salford Museum see:

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 10–19 November 2022. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with generous support from Research England, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see

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