Accepted paper:

Serra da Bocaina


Enrico Ascoli

Paper short abstract:

a botanical sound exploration of Serra da Bocaina during Ruralscape art residence in 2014.

Paper long abstract:

According with perceptions theories, environments could not be just observed, must be "explored": meaning, becoming part of it, we situate our action on it; we gives place to an interactive relationship and it is thorough action directed toward and in the environment that the subject receive a variety of sensory clues in the form of visual, auditory and tactile feedback. Any sensory modes can be excluded by this experience and often we are exposed to a large amount of information (central and secondary information) simultaneously. Environment perception always implies actions toward a goal. By exploring, selecting and classifying environmental information, an individual manages to forge a subjective and relatively coherent representation, that, according to individual factors, setting characteristics and social relations, includes emotions, orientation, categorization, organization and manipulation. Usually everyday life environment are easy and economic from a cognitive point of view, because most of the perceptual and symbolic stimulus has been already culturally gained by subject grow in it. This is good because there is less information to elaborate in perceiving our goals but at the same time the system becomes closed to experiencing new configuration of the same environment. But what's happen in the moment in which the individual approach an unknown environment? If the perception of that environment it's culturally elaborate starting from macro historical goals such as nutrition, habitability, social exchange what does means to perceive it from another point of view: for example sound or art? Which new possibilities open to have technologies and interfaces that empower our sensory systems?

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