Silvia Gonzalez
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Hi, I’m Silvia, I’m an Exchange student from Spain. I’m studying a master in social and cultural anthropology. I chose “Communicating (in) the city” course because I’m very interested in exploring the urbanized areas and urban expressiveness, as emerging cultures in these contexts where the technology have an important role
I like doing yoga, ..reading, and travelling

I hope to enjoy this course….and I am delighted to share it with you 

Assignment 2: Make a personal and subjective map of Aarhus with inspiration from psychogeography.

This map represents the places where I have gone often in my daily life in Aarhus during the last seven months as an exchange student.
While trying to show every day of my life in this city, during the time I have been here, how I consider myself as a “tourist”, there are often places that surprise me –places I didn’t expect to see in Denmark. So I have tried to differentiate between what things that I “hoped” to find (orange), as opposed to those things that surprised me upon my arrival in Aarhus (yellow).

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Assignment 3: Document and analyse a place marked by hibrid space.

This is my Hybrid Space

Assignment 4 : 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.

This is my “audio-stand” assignment. It is the sound I usually hear through the kitchen window of my house, which gives me a sense calm and security.

I like living in the city, but acknowledge that the “noise”, including automobile traffic and the sound produced by the life of people in the city is not very comfortable for me, so when I rent an apartment I always make sure that the sound at home conveys tranquility…

This apartment is located in a place in the city center (Norregade) with a great sound produced by the traffic and of the people walking – often accompanied by loud talk and yelling; but fortunately, behind the building there is a very quiet courtyard, where you can hear the sound of technology, human but mainly the sound of nature.

You can find my "audio-stand" in First Class with the title "Through the window".

Assignment 5: Create and perform a .walk and swap your walk with another group.

Perform our a.walk
Perform the A.walk of group 2A

Assignment 6:Create a mis-guide in order for us all to create a full Mis-guide of Aarhus.

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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.

My most memorable experience from this course has been the assignment about making a personal and subjective map of Aarhus. Before I begun this course I was very interested in everything about the city, mainly in the invisible things (in) the city and its people. Every day was something that surprised me. Sometimes when I got home and I showed my photos to my Danish roommate, he could ask me: which place did you take this photo? In this moment, I was surprise again, perhaps the people in their daily life don’t pay attention to their city…

When I had made it and I could compare with other people I perceived I had my own unique
view about Aarhus, which at the same time it is changing every day.

2.name the text that you liked the most (or that you learned most from) (or that provoked you the most). Why?

I liked Goffman’s text: Behavior in Public Places Notes on the Social Organization of Gathering, I like to study the different communication possibilities in each society – for example, body symbolism-, and how these are institutionalized.

3.name one thing that you have learned from the readings (or, which text did you like the most? Why?)

I learned and I liked very much to know there are many different ways to experience the city than before I never thought about this before - for example, through the sound.

4.which artwork/artefact/performance presented in class did you like the most (or provoked you the most). Why?

I found very interesting the performance we did outside the class in the park about “ GPS, you can understand people have different perception about the space, indeed people living in the same street.

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?

1. Create a wiki profile of myself.
2. Make a personal and subjective map of Aarhus : Aarhus map perceived by a tourist.
3. Find a place marked by hybrid space : MScape Game Demo: Roku’s Reward by HP.
4. Make an“Audio-stand”: “Through the window”hearing the sound of technology,h uman but mainly the sound of nature)
5. Create and performance a .walk and swap your walk with another group.
6. Create a page of Miss-guided of Aarhus: “Exploring of Whispers of Aarhus).

In general, the course was interesting to me. I never thought it was going to be so much
participative. I like to see the theory in practice – this way you can better understand
the concepts.

6.which assignment do you find most in line with the course content? Why?

I think all assignment have relations among one another, maybe it can be the assignment I could find most in line with “Communicating (in) the city” course is the Miss-guided, in which you can integrate the rest (subjective map, sound, walk, …)

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