Anne-Mari Højland Worm

Hi, I'm a student in linguistics and I'm very interested in every kind of communication; written, oral, visual a.s.o.

I'm very fond of cake, so it's quite lucky that I happen to work in a bakery store (nope, not really chance there…).

I hate cold and wet weather, so you could say Denmark's not really ideal for me. I love it anyways, but I strive to be somewhere else at least once a year.
Yes, somewhere warm.
The picture above is from one such trip, it is taken in Alanya in aprox 30 degrees Celsius.
Oh, those were the days!

The rest of my interests are rather quirky and apparently random. Here's 4 examples: Monster Bash, The Mistborn, creme bruleé & The Transporter.

And remember: the only thing we learn from Cinderella's story (yes, THE Cinderella) is that fabulous shoes will get you your Prince Charming.

Assignment 2 - My personal map
My map shows everywhere I've been for the past week (from the 9.-15. of february 2010) with my bike. Within the map's limits.


Assignment 3
My very own hybrid space in Aarhus
I know there must be many hybrid spaces in Aarhus, but the only one I can think of, the only one I pass through on a regular basis, is the main railroad station. Or to be more precise, the front hall of the main railroad station. There are – as far as I’m aware - at least two different functions in use in the front hall which - I will argue - make it a hybrid space.

On the physical level the two functions occupy different ends of the hall.

The first function consists on the physical level of two large boards situated above the doors exiting the front hall towards the shopping street and the town hall. Their function is to display the departing times of the buses in Aarhus. One board displays the times of the different in city buses departing from Park Alle, the street parallel to the shopping street that is in a way an extension of the train station and the railroad. The other board displays the out of town buses departing from the central bus station 5 minutes walk from the train station.The information on the boards is continuously updated as to show the next 20 departing buses.
These two boards are a combination of what Usman Haque describes as hardspace and softspace. The physical board is the hardspace and the information displayed is the softspace.

“Hardspace, like the hardware of a computer, refers to the solid, static structure of our built environment: the walls, the floor, the roof. Softspace, again paralleling computer software, refers to the ephemeral qualities that make up our experience of space, including smells, sounds, temperatures and of course electromagnetic waves.”(Haque, Usman. 2004. “Invisible Topographies”)

The information on the boards are an example of virtual space, the information and the continuously changes in it are caused by wireless information and thus electromagnetic waves. This, Haque also calls Hertzian space. But it is the interaction between the people passing through the hall and the information displayed that creates a hybrid space. The people physically present in the hall will inform themselves by looking at the boards. And according to the information on the boards, (i.e. when do the bus I am interested in depart,) the people will change behavior. If the relevant bus is departing soon they will hurry on, if not or if too soon they will linger or plan their activities in the now time specific interval. The physical behavior is thus dependant on the wireless information displayed on the boards.

The other example of hybrid space occupies the opposite end of the hall. It is closely related to the machines where one can buy tickets. The machines are one of three possible physical options to buy train tickets; the other two are the ticket shop and the kiosk. It is namely possible to buy one’s train ticket via text message. This is a new feature in Denmark and thus not widely known. As far as I’m aware this service is only used in combination with the machines or the internet. Written on the machines, and on the webpage of DSB as well, are the guidelines to this service. And since most are unfamiliar with this service, proximity to the machines, or the internet, is required to use it. So the hardware, in this case consisting of the machines, is a necessary guide to attain the ticket, although it in itself consists of wireless information and only exists outside virtual space due to and dependant on the buyer’s cell phone.

Assignment 4: The audiostand

Assignment 5: group 7a .walk

Assignment 6: my page in the Aarhus misguide

Assignment 7: Reflecting on Communicating (in) the City
1. what is your most memorable experience from this course? It could be with regards to readings, artworks or your assignments
- That we actually put sauce colorer (sovsekulør) in our waterbottles and went outside to play in the snow. It was also nice that everybody came together in a new way.
2. name the text that you liked the most (or that you learned most from) (or that provoked you the most). Why?
- I liked the Goffman text the most, On public behavior. It discussed a subject I'm already interested in from a new angle. Also, Goffman is a good writer.
3. name one thing that you have learned from the readings (or, which text did you like the most? Why?)
- I liked the whole "don't leave your senses to trust the technics or machines"-thing, that the GPS are not all-knowing, that you should trust your own self and stay grounded in the city and communicate WITH it instead of over it's head from bird-view.
4. which artwork/artefact/performance presented in class did you like the most (or provoked you the most). Why?
I liked the SkyEar, the installation of gazillions of balloons with LED lights in them. To be able to see, in LED colors, the hybrid space and the idea of being able to interact with it, was most interesting.
5. what was your reply to the assignments? List them all and think about how to present them – as a whole – to others; as a
collection, what have they contributed with to this course?
- The first assignment was to create a wiki-profile. It was a kind of introduction to this, for me, new media.
The second assignment was the personal map. My map showed me and my bike's whereabouts for a week. It was an idea that was spontaneously conceived, but it could be used for practical purposes such as investiganting most used bicycle routes.
(That taught me that purpose need not come before idea and that I am very focused on things having a purpose.)
The third assignment was the hybrid space. I had a really hard time finding one, and I learned most from the "why didn't I think of that" experience of listening to my classmates' examples.
The fourth assignment was to document a soundscape. It didn't teach me to listen, but to use my cellphone more, for more than texting and making phone calls. Also, it taught me that the tecnical parts of an assignment always take longer than I expect.
The fifth assignment was the .walk. Coordination was required here. And taking the time to enjoy the walk, and not just rush it.
The sixth assignment, the misguide! The challenge for me was to NOT get city specific in any way in my brain storm.
6. which assignment do you find most in line with the course content? Why?
- I think the personal map was the catalyst that made me see the city in a new way. That the city could communicate with you and the different ways you constantly communicate in the city.

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