I had a rewarding experience teaching students from the online MA Course in New Media Narratives from the University of Alberta, Canada. Students were “reading” Sounding Underground.
“Rather than the collective memory- I was fascinated with the potential of the individual stories that I wanted to hear. Who were they, where were they going, home, work, vacation, grief, solitude – I would agree that the acoustic environment is very powerful.” (Caroline)
“The revisit of underground through this project brought back some memories: a plain cloth police officer at the exit in one of the stations in London; a group of pickpocketers in Rome; the musicians on the platforms of New York.
The use of mixed media such as sound and photos “reconnect” you with your own experience. The new forms of media allow us to deepen our experience by incorporating the sensual elements.” (Paul)
Here their complete insightful comments and questions:
Thanks Jess Laccetti for inviting me as a Guest Lecturer in your course!
I had the pleasure to teach a session about Networked Musical Performances in the Performance Technologies Module in the Masters of Creative Technologies at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University.
It’s very interesting how our perception changes when we are conscious of the distance of the performance space (through telematic networks) and the effects that it has for the sonic interaction. We focus more on listening, and some students were attracted by the idea of intimacy. It allows to combine multiple media and sensibilities. Beautiful experience!! Thanks to all students.
A slide show of the experience by the film maker and student Tove Noorjahaan Dalenius.