Workshop for the Rice University Summer School in Copenhagen “Sense of Place” organised by
Dan Lockton & Flora Bowden (RCA)
Donald Ostdiek, Richard Johnson Larry Toups (Rice University)
The space of the city constitutes our everyday. We shape our life in relation to the neighbour we live, the one where we work, we travel, we meet friends and family and enjoy our time. Nonetheless the more we get used to the surrounding the more we get detached from the intricacy of its fabric (colour, texture, smell, noise, etc).
The “Sound of Copenhagen” is a urban investigation, which employs sound as medium to observe and design an experiential map of Copenhagen. By strolling through the space of the city participants will create a fictional character, which identity takes shape through the streets of the city. Sound is the medium that will tell the story. Urban space – its squares, streets, shops, landmarks, etc – will be described via the audio fictional/real experience of the character, which participant will performe in physical space. The outcome will be a single/collective sound map performed by geolocated sound. The soundtrack represent the journey performed by the character. The sound map of Copenhagen will be a collection of places, which represent the participants’ interactive experience of the city as seen under the lenses of the character’s journey. The journey of Copenhagen sound map will be “played” during the collective presentation of the individual soundtracks.
with Benjamin Koslowski and Jimmy Tidey
Meta Londoners’ tests the notion of hybrid topographies that span digital and physical space. The project will use narrative to (re)interpret and (re)present digital information across digital and physical space. By exploring modes of interaction and co-production, this project aims to connect bits of digital interaction with embodied experience and to develop innovative and playful ways to experience geographic data.
The project asks a series of questions: How can a Twitter-based fictional narrative reconstruct the experience of dwelling in the city? Which kind of textual, visual and tangible formats support the reading of data through narrative? And how might these shape or shift the experience of the city and of the digital streams of information that surround us, as they add to both?
Each group will imaginatively inhabit a part of London, playing out a fictional character’s story in that space through Twitter, observing and becoming part of the social media landscape. Groups will craft a range of maps (40x40cm) that act as props to support and embody that narrative, to be exhibited at the end of the week.