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Week 8 / Specific Methodological Workshops – The Sound of Ethnography

Last week all the people were online for classes. However, this week starts with people going on and offline, so this feels very good for me. Because I can hear different sounds in different spaces and at the same time I can observe the sounds made by different objects. Today Linda told us about sensory experiences. She emphasised that we communicate through hearing, smelling, touching, seeing, and touching. I realised that these are how we actually experience the world. Indeed, it is also through the senses that people interact with the world. Ethnography explores a particular part of the world and explores what these senses experience. At the same time, different cultures produce different sensory experiences. All these sensory experiences are part of the anthropological approach to research.

Also, today, we had an interesting exercise. We are exploring how feature spaces, visually and sonically, can engage with sensory ethnography, and Linda gave an example of this, which is about the history of a community square change. She collected archival footage and interviewed elderly and young people on the street. This approach thus establishes a more sensual soundscape. I realized that she moved towards entering a sensory ethnography. She seeks to find another way to communicate this experience to people. As it is known, the sound installation shows the audience the sensory part of this world that she has been exploring. So, the audience hears a space equivalent to three-dimensional space. Drever (2002) proposes that ‘soundscape composition practice perhaps can offer ethnographic practice alternative models of cultural poetics: that of the analytical and creative tools for grasping at the sound world’. As I said, it shapes our contact with space; it shapes how we feel about a space.

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