Soundscapes of the diver[city]
Mapping the sounds, images, voices, languages and cultures of the cities
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Image and map analysis
I initially used photograph analysis as a way to learn and “understand how societies are culturally and socially constructed, to critically uncover the meaning people place on certain activities, places, things and rituals and to record and analyze important social events and problems.” (Cleland & MacLeod, 2021, p. 231). I paid attention to how cultures/languages were exhibited and made marks on the photos.
After that, I used a point pattern analysis within map analysis which “ looks at the relationship between the locations of objects or events in space relative to the locations of other objects or events” (Deluca & Matson, 2017, p. 112) to understand how cultures and languages perform, correlate or overlap with each other. I made a list of all the languages and cultures I experienced by re-casting/re-listening to the recorded soundscapes.
Finally, I used the information obtained through the analysis and collated it on spreadsheets to further coding of languages and cultures observed and then create an analytical display to see the correlations to create themes.
EMERGING LEARNING EXPERIENCES
The Diver[city]: The city as a sentient being
Data recorded evidenced the city as a sentient being, a living organism that has the ability to experience and perceive consciousness, including the capacity to feel, perceive, and respond to stimuli (Pink, 2015). The city in this state is what I have called the Diver[city], a space and place that acknowledges, welcomes and celebrates all who inhabit the city. It creates and recreates an intelligent system that is advanced enough to exhibit behaviours and responses that are similar to those of conscious beings.
The concept of Diver[city] as a sentient being is used as a performative act of the living creatures that are capable of experiencing and perceiving their surroundings from those that do not have this ability, such as plants or inanimate objects. In my field notes, I wrote " The diver[city] is a sentient being where cultures and languages collide. It is alive, and I sense this as a new home for some and a long-dwelling for others, regardless, we all belong and share the endearing space within and its interconnectedness (City centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, November 14, 2022).
Figure 1 represents the sentiment of the Diver[city] as portrayed by AI technology. The Diver[city] is not static but in a constant movement where bodies collide and beings carry their hopes, their dreams, their fears and also their lives packed in their suitcases, their baby strollers or shopping bags. Figure 2 represents the movement of beings while interacting with others within the realms of the city. In a sense, this Diver[city] is like "A system can be described as a set of entities that are related to one another and influence one another, and a state of the system is the set of properties of its components at any particular moment in time." (Giuastello et al., 2009, p.244).
The Diver[city] as depicted by AI
The Diver[city] in movement
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This research project is supported by the Faculty Research Initiative Fund (FRIF) from Queen's University Belfast.