A project workshop about how to create interactive sense-scapes, drawing on the broader spectrum of the sensual experience of place, and experimenting with ways of sharpening all the senses. On the third day, we will discuss in an open forum epistemological, methodological and ethical issues in relation to projects of this kind.
With methods such as participant observation, and indeed reading, the visual has long had a privileged position in academic inquiry, compared to other senses. The Working Group on Place Wisdom would like to invite conference participants to a project workshop where we will collectively learn about how to create interactive sense-scapes, drawing on the broader spectrum of the sensual experience of place, and experimenting with ways of sharpening all the senses. Places are experienced not just through sights but also through sounds, smells, tastes, touch and, perhaps most elusively, intuition. Our proposed event will have a number of dimensions and run throughout the conference, culminating in a workshop on the third day (ecology and ethics). All registered participants will be invited to send us in advance, or bring with them, an item of sense-scape from their home place or a place that is significant to them. These will be collated and arranged at a dedicated venue by members of the working group in creative collaboration with other conference participants, generating interactive interpretations of these multi-local sense-scape compositions. Concurrently, conference participants are invited to join members of the working group in gathering sounds and other experiences from around Lisbon to create an ecological sense-scape of the city that could include all kinds of sounds - including silence - and evidence of, for example, distinctive local sound-scapes. The interpretation of these compositions will unfold as an ongoing process throughout the conference. In the workshop sessions on the third day, members of the working group will discuss in an open forum epistemological, methodological and ethical issues in relation to projects of this kind. For this workshop, we invite critical reflections on their own research from colleagues who have worked on sense-scapes.