Chiara Artini
Hi I'm Chiara and I'm 23.
I come from italy (Tuscany) where I study Interaction Design (University of Siena).
I'm passionate about design, technologies, cinema (especially cartoons and comedies), music (rock and metal), cooking (many people say to me that I'm a good cook), traveling and visiting cities, but about shopping too.
I'm an erasmus student and for 5 months I will be here in Aarhus :-).
I'm interested to this course because i think it's important for my studies, and because I'm interested in urban spaces, interactive spaces and communicating (in) the city thematics. What I expect from this course is to improve my knowledge about this field of study: people communicate each other, discover cities and places, urban communication, interactive installations and spaces, green power, environmental sustainability.
Hej Hej!!



As I wrote in my profile description one of my interest is about the environmental sustainability, so when I arrived in Aarhus two weeks ago, one of the firts things that I noticed was the attention that this city gives to the environmental sustainability. An organised well recycling system, that is completely different form Italy (so bad!!!!). Every contanainer is semi-buried to ensure that waste does not clutter up the city.
I mapped places where the recycle cointainers are. As you can see I used the recycle logo to map the three type of containers:
- waste (brown color)
- paper (yellow color)
- glass (blue color)
- white (to show cases where containers are 2 rather than 3)
I found out that the greatest part of these containers aren't in the very downtown of aarhus, but immediatly outside.
From the connection of all the recycling logos I drew an Aarhus ecostreet, useful for every person who would like to recycle.

Example of an hybrid space

Make an “audio-stand”. Find a place that you find sonically interesting and communicate it to the rest of us in a soundbite; max 30 secs.
ESCOBAR at 24 on friday
The place that I choose for my audio-stand is the ESCOBAR. It's one of my favourite place here in Aarhus. You can listen good music, rock and metal, and drink good beer. It's a small palce where they put music at higher volume and it's nice because all people that are inside sing all the time.
You can listen my audio-stand in first-class, enjoy!!!

ASSIGNMENT N° 5 - Create and perform a .walk and swap your walk with another group.

Click here to read the description of the group 2a's .walk
(Alessia Vidili, Chiara Artini, Simona Conti)

ASSIGNMENT N° 6 - create a Mis-guide to Aarhus

Inspired by the “The Urban Homesteading Project”

What I’ve noticed here in Aarhus is that there is a lot of furniture on the street, but not in the main streets. So i have thought that trying to find something, like pieces of furniture, it could be a good and unusual way to discover new streets and unknown parts of the city.

The idea of my concept is to find pieces of furniture and tick in the check list on the page. During your walk if you find a chair you can sit down and relax for 5 minutes watching and reflecting what happen in the city.

And only for the bravest they could try to collect pieces of furniture and build their favourite room useful to relax in the city and discover what happen in specific places.

Explore the city in a different way, reflect on what happen around you, see unknown places and streets, feel the city.

(I'm sorry for the bad resolution of the photo but it wasn't possible to upload it in a better quality for the restriction due to the dimension, you can see in HQ on FC)

My own “communicating (in) the city” experience

1. what is your most memorable experience from this course? It could be with regards to readings, artworks or your assignments
All the course in its complex has been an interesting and enjoyable experience for me, both practical and theoretical.
- the subjective map of aarhus was really useful for me. I was here only from about two weeks, so it represented my first step to know and discover the city better in a funny and interesting way.
- a.walk (double) was my second step to deepen on the discovery of new and unknown parts of the city.
This course has contributed a lot in the discovery of certain parts of Aarhus.

2. name the text that you liked the most (or that you learned most from) (or that provoked you the most). Why?
Fiona Wilkie "Mis-guide to Anywhere" and Wrights & Sites “A misguide to Exeter”
I like the idea of travelling and discovering cities in a new way, a familiar way. It gives the possibility to observe, pay attention and discover new parts of the city, new things that you’ve never noticed in the past.
I like the fact that you could “become partner in ascribing significance to place”. (Wrights & Sites - mis-guide)

3. name one thing that you have learned from the readings (or, which text did you like the most? Why?)
The thing that i like the most is the mis-guide (and the .walk too, the most pages in a mis-guide suggest you to do a walk) because I saw it as a sum of all the assigments.
I like the fact that it isn't like a normal guide, that says to you where you can go and what you can visit.
Only with simple instructions allows you to perceive the city and its environment,and to discover new places. You have the freedom to choose one instruction or another, every instructions will give you a different perception of the city, a different experience.

4. which artwork/artefact/performance presented in class did you like the most (or provoked you the most). Why?
Sound of Silence - John Cage
it was an experience listen to the silence, that I understood it was not so silent.

The Urban Homesteading Project
it was amazing see how private spaces and practices of the life were brought into the public life. It was a way for people to experience and tell stories in/about the city, to communicate with different kinds of inhabitants.

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?
- assignment 1 Presentation of my self
- assignment 2 Subjective map of Aarhus
- assignment 3 Hybrid space
- assignment 4 Audio-Stand
- assignment 5 (double) a.walk
- assignment 6 mis-guide of Aarhus
I think they are all really useful to understand better the content of the course and theories related to it.
They are all linked together and they could contribute to the development of a mis-guide.

6. which assignment do you find most in line with the course content? Why?
I think the most in line with the course content are the subjective map, the .walk and the mis-guide. They both allow you to "listen" to the city, explore and walk in the city discovering new places. The feature of subjectivity contributes and allows you to give and receive specific meanings related to your city's experience.

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