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Sonic Ethnography Workshop.

Design For Living: Experiments in Sonic Ethnography

A workshop in ethnography and creative practice with Andrew Irving

15th-19th December 2014, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne.

Design for Living: Experiments in Sonic Ethnography is a practice-based and inquiry based workshop in urban anthropology, experimental methods and sonic ethnography. Timed to coincide with Design+Ethnography+Futures and aimed at postgraduate students and staff (and interested undergraduates) the workshop will create a site-specific experimental sonic ethnography focused on the RMIT Design Hub. The piece aims to be both as a means of public engagement and mode of understanding the specificities of RMIT Design Hub as a particular kind of metropolitan space.

The project will combine collaborative ethnographic research on the underlying thoughtscape of buildings and represent these findings through an open access digital medium for a broad, non specialist, public to engage with.

The project draws upon award winning experimental research done in anthropology by Irving —including his recent New York Stories project where he collected more than 100 interior dialogues of random strangers as they moved around and engaged with the city—and will forge a dialogue with work going on in Melbourne in relation to such things as locative audio, composition and public space so as to incorporate new and emergent research aims that will be developed and defined through the workshop process.

Andrew Irvingis Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research areas include sensory perception, time, illness, death, urban anthropology and experimental methods, film and multi-media.

Andrew’s work in experimental and film and multi-media has recently had a write up in Scientific American, and other recent works include “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” a play in collaboration with Theatre Director Josh Azouz that was shown on BBC Arts, at the Odeon Cinemas and the Edinburgh Festival, and which can be seen on the BBC web site.

Recent publications include Whose Cosmopolitanism? (2014: Berghahn Books), Beyond Text: Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology  (2014: Manchester University Press).

The workshop will commence on Monday 15th November at 10.00 am, and will be developed flexibly in relation to events occurring in the Design Hub, and participant availability during the week of the 15-19 December in the RMIT Design Hub. Participants will work with Andrew and other collaborators to create a collective work around a shared theme.

To register:

Participation is free of charge but will be limited. To register or with any questions about this event, please contact Sarah Pink

This event is supported by Design+Ethnography+Futures and the Design Research Institute, and the Screen Cultures Research Group and School of Media and Communications at RMIT University.

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