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Meta-Cognitive
10 May 2015
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Through the process of the project it amazed me how many little stories could unfold with every walk on Harrison Ave. The environment changes every day with the variety of pop-up markets, traffic flows, times of day. My scenes do little justice to the plethora of enriching experiences that occur on the two block of Harrison Avenue. Furthermore, by focusing on sound as opposed to visual, it added so many layers to what is going on:

1. the steps on the ground,

2. the different modes of transit occurring,

3. people's interactions with each other in the public and private spaces

4. all laid atop the constant hum of construction and greater environment sounds. A clip taken in the morning differs very much from later at night when the demographics of the population almost completely change and the motivations of being in the space diverge.

 

The project still has a lot of space to grow. If I had the time, resources and skills, I would like to do a thick description of all streets of Chinatown as an audio story. Instead of just scenes, I would think of having interviews with residents of Chinatown to have their voices make up the story. Furthermore, I would like to hear the stories of the past since Chinatown has a rich history and has gone through much transition especially with the central artery project, gentrification and other city works projects (as can be seen in the BCNC and Boston Chinatown Banquet Asian CDC videos in the Resources > Video section of the PlaceStories project).

 

The course, as a whole, has brought an additional lens to my daily commute to anywhere I go. I am able to critically question about how the mode of transit I take or the way transportation flows affects the story of the individual and the place. It has made me aware of how our daily lives are constructed in subtle ways by the environment, even by the mundaneness of the roads. Every experience a person has greater value because it is not just part of a personal narrative, but the larger narrative of history, space and place. This has been huge for me, as an avid pedestrian explorer of Boston these past four years and as a graduating student that often feels small as she enters the “real world.”

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