Jessica Kam

I'm from Sydney, Australia. I live 5 mins from Bondi Beach and 10 mins from the city centre. I feel like I get the best of both worlds - enjoying days and nights hanging out with friends at the beach, and then entering the hustle and bustle of the city life when I need to.

I'm a big city girl at heart and used to think that I would never be able to grow accustom to a smaller town, but being in Arhus for the past month has started to shake these preconceptions - I am loving this city more and more every day, and cannot wait to discover more of this beautiful city! :-)

I love music. I love to dance. I love sunsets.

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Assignment #2 -

A Day in the Life of KEVY (the koala) Making his Mark on Arhus

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Kevy the Koala begins his day making himself all pretty for the day ahead at home. Then he goes to Trojberg (the supermarket conveniently located opposite his home) to buy his daily food necessities - as Eucalyptus leaves are CLEARLY not enough to satisfy this growing boy's hunger. He makes his way to University, where he has class- checking the map to ensure that he does not get lost on this big campus. After class, he enjoys walking by the University Park. On this special day, he is lucky enough to bump into a man who is snow-slaying down the mountain, who generously offers him a ride. The excitement of the joy-ride makes him want to go to the gym- so he walks down to Fitness World, passing some cool graffiti on the way. After a strenuous work-out, he feels he needs a reward and goes to the downtown cafe, does a spot of shopping and finds himself in Lille Torv- where he sees the Arhus Cathedral. He then enters Maccas & befriends the Manager, fails to get the job…despite clinging onto his shirt. This spins him into a depression, so he attempts to break into one of the many H&M's to cure his sore feelings with some retail therapy. Failing, he turns to the 7/11 where he buys a Danish Hot Dog. Feeling a little better, he walks by the Canal…taking in the beautiful sunset. As the day is coming to a close, he decides it is time to go home and heads to the Central Train Station and hops onto Bus 56.

Assignment #3 -

In this day and age, where the height of technological advancements has become so great that past traditional distinctions between physical and digital spaces have become “blurred and no longer clearly distinguishable,” thus forms a hybrid space. (Adriana de Souza e Silva, 2006, From Cyber to Hybrid - Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces, p.264)

In Usman Haque’s article, ‘Invisible topographies’, he discusses how mobile phones are “sensors of the invisible electromagnetic environment that surrounds us, making us aware of what has been called "hertzian" space.” He bases his argument on his own experiments, mainly based upon mobile phones, including his most recognized artistic design, Sky Ear.
Haque’s electromagnetic-sensor balloons demonstrated the concept that the invisible natural hertizan space not only exists but changes when phone calls are received or made because “the phone itself becomes a transmitter of microwaves… microwaves penetrate the wired connection and ripple local hertzian space.”

My example of hybrid space is based upon wireless internet. There are a number of similarities with Haque’s mobile phone examples and he does lightly touch upon hybrid space involving Wi-Fi.

In my video, the camera pans from the router – which is clearly operative, indicated by the flickering of the green lights – to the laptop which is on the kitchen bench a few meters from the router. My video has its differences, as it is not a depiction of how hardspace (physical space) can interfere with softspace (digital space) as argued by Haque that “hardspace affects our ability to make mobile phone calls because it has a direct effect on the electromagnetic intensity of the signal” – as I did not move throughout the house with the laptop to test the different frequency signal strengths. Instead, I wanted to demonstrate that as easily as an electromagnetic force can exist between two physical mediums (router and laptop), it is also possible to disrupt this connection with the flick of a switch. When the camera focuses on the laptop screen – it demonstrates what happens to the Wi-Fi strength detector (‘Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator Availablle Networks’) as the Wi-Fi switch is switched off (signal is disrupted) and then on again (internet reconnected).

We are able to “perceive” the electromagnetic waves emitted by the router by means of technology, being through the laptop computer. The laptop can be seen as a form of translator for detecting the humanly undetectable.

Although my video is not an artistic depiction of sampling the electromagnetic spectrum in the Hertzian space above London’s Greenwich Park, as Haque’s Sky Ear had done, it does however demonstrate the underlying concept of Haque’s argument. It demonstrates that although we are unable to physically see the emission of electromagnetic waves from the router to the laptop computer or the potential alteration in shape of this hertzian space caused by such an electromagnetic connection (theorist Anthony Dunne), we acknowledge that they must exist in the soft space in the environment, as without the existence of these waves, wireless internet connection would not be possible.

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Assignment #4 -

AUDIO STAND — the sound of construction work in the city centre (drilling)

I chose to capture this sound…because I feel it is very much the sound of the city— whether it be the construction of a new part of the city…or merely just repairing/improving the existing city.

—> i did not have an audio-recording device, so I had to take a video…but concentrate on the sound when playing it.

source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On5PCkGdkuw

Assignment #6 -

MISGUIDE TO AARHUS — "FLAGGED"

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was unable to find the link on FirstClass to successfully email it to Lone…hope uploading it here is sufficient :/

1. My most memorable experience from this course was the 2nd assignment (making my own subjective map of Aarhus) – because it took me on an adventure (I probably wouldn’t’ve gone on otherwise, at that point of time in my Exchange). It pushed me to explore and walk around the city centre all day. The walk itself was very fun and making the map and having a final product I was proud of was very rewarding.
2. Jean-Paul Thibaud`s ”The Sonic Composition of the City” and R. Murray Schafer`s “The Music of the Environment” provoked me the most because it made me more acutely aware of the natural sounds around me in my every day environment.
3. I enjoyed texts about soundscapes the most, it was a concept I hadn’t been aware of before – and it was interesting to learn about it.
4. The lecture on “improv.” Was very interesting. It introduced me to all the real-life examples of improv that I didn’t even know existed (and through Lone’s use of the youtube examples made me realize how popular it was, the numerous projects and the vast number of people involved, etc)
5. I believe all of the practical assignments were very relevant to the course as whole. They combine to illustrate how each of us see the city, and being able to see other classmates’ assignments has assisted in realizing that the perception of a city varies from person to person.
6. The subjective map of Aarhus . Because the course is predominantly focused on illustrating how many different and subjective ways it is possible to think about a city- via sound bites, dot walks, etc. This assignment in particular focused on this concept very strongly.
7. My misguide was slightly inspired by the dot walks we did (as my misguide included symbolism and instructions). I made adjustments to our regular dot walks to make my misguide better – by using symbolism which was UNIQUE to Aarhus (seeing the Danish flag – acts as a signal to do the activity written in the misguide).

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