Wednesday 7
Co-producing Musical Soundscapes : Expanding Experiential Knowledge about Complex Environmental Change
Kaitlyn Rathwell
› 11:30 - 11:30 ()
› Barthez
Co-producing Musical Soundscapes: Expanding Experiential Knowledge about Complex Environmental Change
Kaitlyn Rathwell  1, 2, 3@  , Andrea Mauro  3@  
1 : University of Waterloo
2 : Environmental Change Governance Group  (ECGG)  -  Website
3 : Post-Normal  -  Website

The objective of our proposed dialogue session is to engage participants in a creative process using music to co-produce experiential knowledge about complex environmental change. Difficult to grasp concepts or ‘hyperobjects', such as global climate change and non-linear environmental change will be the focus of this session.

We will collaborate with musicians from the band Post-Normal (performing as part of the Conferences artistic events) for this workshop. Musicians Android M. and K. La Luna will help the group to use concept mapping and sound (e.g. simple rifts with piano, flute and synthesizers) to create soundscapes that explore, share and connect participants embodied knowledge of environmental change.

Participants will be asked to bring an example of ‘data' they use in their research about complex environmental change. We will explore the question: How can this information be transformed into musical data? We will brainstorm as a group, as Post-Normal demonstrates how sound can represent ideas through the use of musical elements such as tone, timbre, register/pitch, texture, tempo. The instruments used in the workshop (e.g. keyboard, flute) will be likened to scientific instruments for the collection and processing of ‘data'.

The outcome of our workshop/dialogue session will be the creation of a soundscape or piece of music that reflects our collective experiential knowledge about complex environmental change. Participants will be challenged to expand conceptions of scientific and artistic processes and their implications for knowledge co-production.

We will discuss how leveraging multiple forms of knowledge and expression (e.g. music) in the context of complex global environmental change may lead to more inclusive science and more legitimate, salient and credible decision making.


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