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The Role of Intermediate Objects in the Collective Understanding of Ambiance

Laure Brayer 1
1 CRESSON - Centre de recherche sur l'espace sonore et l'environnement urbain
AAU - Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanités : UMR 1563
Abstract : How to grasp the dynamic of ambiance in order to understand and design urban publics spaces? In a recent PhD research (Filmic apparatus & Urban Landscape), I question the role of filmic apparatus in the understanding of the ordinary transformation of places. If the filmic medium itself, as well as filmic practices, can underline the on-going relationship between space and acting and perceiving bodies (i.e. the ordinary transformation), this communication will focus on the filmic reception, where a film can be considered as an intermediate object helping to built a collective understanding of a place and its ambiance. We believe that it is by sharing different perceptions of a place - tinted by the different practices that people can have within it - that it is possible to grasp its complexity. We will discuss a method through which different actors are building upon their own sensitive experiences (re)activated by a shared reception of a film. In that context, the film is not only considered as a mean of representation, but also as presentation. It is through the presentation of the sensory aspect of a place and its ambiance that a fruitful conversation can happen and expose different (nay divergent) points of view, from which a collective creativity can occur. To widen the reflection on the role of intermediate objects leading to the collective understanding of ambiance, we will introduce an on-going research (Auscultate the Environment) where it is not film but sound recordings that are the base for discussion.
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Laure Brayer. The Role of Intermediate Objects in the Collective Understanding of Ambiance. 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of the American Geographers, Association of the American Geographers, Apr 2015, Chicago, United States. ⟨hal-01188209⟩



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