This week on the blog – graduate student experiments inspired by a Different Kind of Ethnography!
Tanya Boyanova is a PhD student in the School for Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada. She is currently enrolled in SA 875: Graduate Seminar in Ethnographic Methodologies, taught by Dara Culhane. For this class, Tanya is completing some assignments set out in A DIFFERENT KIND OF ETHNOGRAPHY: Imaginative Practices and Creative Methodologies, edited by Denielle Elliott and Dara Culhane.
Friday, 29 September 2017
Assignment 2: “Soundwalk”, in
Boudreault-Fournier, Alexandrine (2016) “Recording and Editing,” in Elliott, Denielle and Dara Culhane Eds. A DIFFERENT KIND OF ETHNOGRAPHY: IMAGINATIVE PRACTICES AND CREATIVE METHODOLOGIES. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 69-89
please see my video here.
This has been video-recorded at Mountain View Cemetery in East Vancouver, the original sound has been kept. One can hear the water drops hitting the ground, as well the construction noise in the background of a new house being build on one of the side-streets bordering the cemetery. I can also hear some birds and the sound of the dog sniffing the wet grass, also the wind brushing the microphone. I experienced the concept of how a video recording can act as a catalyst (Boudreault-Fournier 2016:71) in my research. Objects in the frame, movements, light, sounds created associations and relationships that otherwise would have not occurred to me, and aided my understanding, pushed further inquiry. When I started taking the video, the only thing that I could think of was to be very still, then I thought I should show some more context. Quite honestly, Chara’s presence (the dog) in the background is a complete accident, but a beautiful one. She performs strikingly as she draws your attention to the graves in the background of the action (the action being the dripping of the water). The video ends with the viewer’s attention being drawn back to the “drops of time”. Complete beginners luck…
Monday, 9 October 2017
Assignment 3: Write an Ethnographic Haiku, (38) in
Elliott, Denielle (2016) “Writing”, in in Elliott, Denielle and Dara Culhane Eds. A DIFFERENT KIND OF ETHNOGRAPHY: IMAGINATIVE PRACTICES AND CREATIVE METHODOLOGIES. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 23-44
Haiku and more…
bare feet on warm ground
wet dog, glistening black eyes
sunset in cherry tree
falling leaves, graveyard,
drip, drip, dripping water tap,
low sunray in droplet
tic tac toe!
die and in a square you go
black crows, white seagulls, too
in a kitty-corner showdown,
but… without you