The initial observation from which the project emerged was the new role that voice gained in the context of remote learning where. Due to the cameras usually being off, the voice had to fully represent the person’s presence. Based on that, I start thinking that one’s substance/presence is divided into three parts: first, their voice, second, their image and third, – Something which the new conditions of online meetings made me realize did not coincide with the second one (the image) -, the live presence.
The main intention is to understand how these three elements/tools of communication –as I defined them above-interact with each other. What happens when not all of them can be present simultaneously in order to act together for the best encounter possible ? How do their relationships and interdependencies evolve into a dynamic connection? Calls, video calls and in-person discussions constitute a promising field to answer these questions. One of the methods I put in practice is observing and recording myself during these different types of encounters. I also tried to produce the same message in its different stages based on the three basic elements (voice, sound, presence). Starting with the form that has none of the three, up to the stage that has it all. Carrying out some sort of sensory ethnography with myself I seek to be more conscious of the processes of hearing-speaking, seeing- showing and feeling during the conversations.
Through these observations one can approach the ways in which we use our senses to achieve the best possible communication, especially during the fragmented encounters of calls and video calls. There is a shift in the meaning, the importance, the ranking of the senses when a threefold individual loses one or several of his/her communication tools. I observe myself: in which cases do I feel uncomfortable, when do I feel easier understood, which element of my communication would I prefer to be distorted?
By the end of the project I hope to learn more in regard to the following ideas:
-The correlation between the voice, image and the live presence when one of them is absent or distorted.
-How communication between two people through digital media is constructed and what does it depend on.
-How is this momentary encounter shaped in terms of the relationship between hearing, image and feeling.