Mapping Media and Meaning: Autoethnography as an Approach to Designing Personal Heritage Soundscapes

Alan Chamberlain, Mads Bødker, Konstantinos Papangelis

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The paper presents reflections on understanding the issues of designing of locative sonic memory-scapes. As physical space and digital media become ever more intertwined, together forming and augmenting meaning and experience, we need methods to further explore possible ways in which physical places and intangible personal content can be used to develop meaningful experiences. The paper explores the use of autoethnography as a method for soundscape design in the fields of personal heritage and locative media. Specifically, we explore possible connections between digital media, space and ‘meaning making’, suggesting how autoethnographies might help discover design opportunities for merging digital media and places. These are methods that are more personally relevant than those typically associated with a more system-based design approaches that we often find are less sensitive to the way that emotion, relationships, memory and meaning come together. As a way to expand upon these relationships we also reflect on relations between personal and community-based responses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Audio Mostly Conference : Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences, AM 2017
EditorsGeorge Fazekas, Mathieu Barthet, Tony Stockman
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2017
Article number32
ISBN (Print)9781450353731
ISBN (Electronic)9781450353731
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event12th International Conference on Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences. Audio Mostly 2017 - Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Aug 201726 Aug 2017
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences. Audio Mostly 2017
LocationQueen Mary University of London
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Ethnography
  • Autoethnography
  • Semantics
  • Methods
  • Design
  • Maps
  • Audio
  • Participation
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Place
  • Space
  • Memory
  • Curation
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Heritage

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