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Sounding the Way: Audio Walking in Cardiff’s Urban Neighbourhoods

Funder(s): Beacon for Wales

Funding: £8000

Start Date: September 2010

End Date: December 2010

Research Team

Dr Kate Moles, WISERD Cardiff
Dr Angharad Saunders, University of Glamorgan

Overview

This project aimed to create a series of community audio walks around Grangetown, one of Cardiff’s inner-city neighbourhoods. Audio walks have become an increasingly popular way of engaging groups in a city’s histories, spaces and societies (Butler, 2007).  They provide not only an opportunity to share social knowledges and heighten spatial literacy, but they allow us to encounter the surprise of space (Massey, 2005); those hidden, concealed, unobserved or forgotten aspects of the urban landscape.  Walking is an act of exploration, it enables us to access the secret, often marginalised, yet everyday textures of the city (Pinder, 2005, De Certeau, 1988).    

To date there are few examples of community involvement in the production, or ownership, of audio walks.  Instead, it is an approach that has been the preserve of artists (Savage, 2009; Pinder, 2001), academics (Butler, 2007), private companies (www.ipodcitywalks.com; www.audiocitytours.com) and television programmes such as ‘Coast’ and ‘Greatest Cities of the World’.  Moreover, there is a sharp social geography to these audio walks, for they tend to centre on iconic urban landscapes and the extraordinary, rather than the more everyday urban spaces and the mundane movements through them.   

This project aimed to address this by facilitating the creation of audio walks in one of Cardiff’s neighbourhoods with the involvement and participation of community members.  The objectives of this project were: 

  1. To engage and work with young people to produce of a series of audio walks around their neighbourhood that pivot around temporality and spatiality 
  2. To create a community resource of audio walks and associated maps, which will be widely available, at no cost to the user, through community websites  
  3. To establish a set of teaching materials and pedagogical resources that can be used by students to help develop non-visual ways experiencing and recording city spaces. 

Deliverables

The walks were hosted on the BBC website and made available for download (currently through the People’s Museum).  They were also hosted on local community websites and we  investigated whether it was also be possible to store some at Grangetown Library for those who do not have access to mp3 players.

More information is available via the Sounding the Way website

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