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Abidish – IP5-Week 2 Experiment, Reflect and Research


Thinking through making

I’m interested in the senses, all five of them, maybe even more. I want to drop my languages for a bit so I can dive deep into SELF, as deeply as possible.  

First, I’m looking at My eyes, My visual sense. 

I designed and structured an hour long walk as an experiment.

  1. There will be no spoken words and I will try not to think in words.  
  1. I will be looking and seeing things for a shorter and longer duration.  
  1. I’ll try to pay attention to the objects or subjects / whatever stands out. 
  1. My walk should be completed within an hour.  


From the very beginning it was difficult to hold on to only the visual sense without Ignoring the other sensory input, for example the sound, (wind) the smell, (sea salt) and the touch, (feet on the ground). I immediately decided to step outside of the set restrictions.  

To anchor my attention, I started to use two words, one from Arabic and one from Urdu. loosely translated THE RIGHT and TRUTH. These words are part of a chanting ritual in the realm of Sufism. To my knowledge people use these chanting rituals to connect themselves with the higher power or purely for the sake of finding peace and purity.  

It was an interesting experiment and I believe I will continue my exploration on this path. I am aiming to gain more control on my own SELF and increase my knowledge and understanding about the topic of senses.  

Lecture: Side Specific Sound Art

In the lecture I learned about the three types of sound and also three types of listing. Listening is giving attention to the sound and sound is a vibration in the form of an acoustic wave traveling in spacetime filed with any medium such as solid, liquid or gas.

Types of sound  

  1. Sound that can be heard  
  1. Sound that cannot be heard  

Humans can hear sound between the frequencies around 20Hz to 20kHz and other animal species have different hearing ranges.  


Types of listening  

  1. Causal listening is listening to the sound that means something.  
  1. Semantic listening is listening to the sound that refers to a code or a language.  
  1. Reduced listening is listening to the sound for its own sake by deliberately trying to remove the meaning it may convey.  

For this week’s activities I really enjoyed the 10min of listening to your own body. Me and my classmate went out for this meditation exercise and sat under sun just outside the doors of the School of Art.  

I also recorded two pieces of sound recording during another activity. In the first recording I was making footsteps sound on different surfaces and the second one is where I was playing with a piece of plastic sheet.

1 thought on “Abidish – IP5-Week 2 Experiment, Reflect and Research”

  1. Hi Abidish, great to read about your reflections on last term, you interest and commitment to your voice and practice, and interest in staying with the visual over the verbal. You’re clearly demonstrating experimentation, research and reflection. Your experiments into scoring a walk, trying to encounter the world without words is very interesting and well documented. I wonder what other sensory walks you might plan and embody as you move through this line of enquiry. I’m interested in the images where there are traces of your body. Visual descriptions of your body doing things in the world. I wonder if performance will come in here as a medium. To develop, make sure you cite your sources, for example where you mention the three modes of listening, cite Michelle Chion. This will mean taking careful notes when reading and taking lecture notes too. Be sure to reference your sources to show the reader where your information and knowledge is coming from. Full details on referencing can be found here—the-basics. Link your research back to your own practice. What new ideas and insights does your research bring? How does it shape your own making – thinking? Leave time to really focus in on defining your creative IP concept. What do you want to make, why? Are there any barriers or challenges to overcome? How might you do this? We will focus in on the timeline and production plan for your idea in next week’s class. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Keep up the good work!

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