Blanket Sounds: An Acoustemological Account of Immersive Audio and Memory
Adi Laflamme, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Adi's presentation* explores the function sound plays in the formation of memory, what influence spatial audio used in Virtual Reality (VR) applications could have in facilitating opportunities for the mediation of memorable sonic encounters, and what sound can reveal about our experience of conflict. This is accomplished through the creation of a VR adaptation of a multimedia sculpture, “The Witness Blanket,” created by artist and indigenous scholar, Carey Newman, to memorialize experiences of indigenous survivors of Canadian Residential Schools. This research presents a creative way of using auditory storytelling to transmute post-colonial conflict, calling into question the many factors which colour our experience of sound, and how our sonic perceptions shape our reality.
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The Conference was organised as part of the AHRC/ESRC funded Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research project Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation 2017-2021.