This project is a collaboration between Signe Pucena (LV) and Andrew Paterson (UK/FI), that began in Karosta -Latvia, July 2003.
'Drawing' from the local ethno-acoustic landscape, the project aims to map and link locative media - recorded with mobile media-capture devices: image, sound, gps-trace, movie - from a person-centred position of narrative and experience.
In two physical locations, our collaboration aims to explore cross-cultural (Sami-Finnish-Russian at Inari and Ivalo, Lapland & Russian-Latvian at Karosta, Latvia) and mono-culture (deeply local) experiencies. In-other-words, through the stories, personal narratives, mythologies and songs that people use to describe or show a sense of shared, common and collective memory to others, in relation to the environment in which they are situated.
The project touches upon ethnographic fieldwork craft and situated narratives, exploring the potentials of emerging mobile and collaborative media practices. As part of the process of development, it aims to elaborate tangible representations and appropriate means of feedback interfaces to encourage poly-vocality, and present the project in the local environmental contexts where the media was gathered.
The project is documented here using TamTam as the 2nd step this process - moving from static HTML to collaborative online pages in the representation of narrative, experience and memory.
The different elements include mixed media - digital images, short movies, sounds samples and text - and are structured as the KarostaChapter and the InariChapter, but are mixed in the Content column on the right of the page.
Low-resolution images and .3gp movie-clips were taken with a Nokia 3650 camera-phone, while other images are recorded with high-resolution digital camera; Sound samples were recorded on DAT audio (Inari) and mini-disc (Karosta) with an omni-directional microphone; GPS readings and trace images captured using the WAAG's realtime system and GPS device.