The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing
Amy was employed as an artist/researcher and ‘critical friend’ in the early stages of a project by Knowle West Media Centre called “The Bristol approach to Citizen Sensing”. It was an exciting project, positioned among several related projects, all aiming for greater understanding of developments in technology and the city.
What is a city commons? What is best practice for participation in citizen sensing projects? These were some of the questions surrounding this project. Amy’s work involved background research, creative dialogue, field work, notes and reflection, culminating in a written report that offered considerations for the creative, practical and ethical nature of participation for project as it progressed.
“One of the features of ‘The Bristol Approach’ is an idea called ‘low tech sensing’… I am curious about how the artist might act as sensor in a particular environment…” (excerpt from Amy’s report)
“Turkeys, incidentally, are fabulous sensors. The colour of a turkey’s head changes with his mood and different vocal sounds act as a GPS to communicate location to other turkeys…I would like to replicate these skills.” (excerpt from Amy’s field notes)
See more here.
A PDF of Amy’s full report is available upon request.
Carolyn Hassan, Lead
Bristol City Council
Ideas for Change
University of Bristol