Have a listen to the Late Reflections podcast series about Tess Bunny’s “Wild The City” project.
The first of my three part podcast series in full.
The series is based around the work of Tess bunny, a talented Masters student who I’ve talked about numerous times in the past. Tess is in her final year of a Masters of Science Communication at the University of Otago. For the creative component of her thesis she undertook a spectacularly large array of activities aimed at raising public awareness about issues dear to her. And she does a pretty good job of convincing everybody else that they should hold these issues dear too.
In a nutshell, her project aims to encourage the re-integration of “wild” green spaces into arid, concrete, urban areas. This, she explains, can be achieved in a number of ways, not limited to the planting of native species and the establishment of communal veggie gardens (one carrot each please – don’t be greedy!).
But Tess also places a huge premium on the quality of the soundscapes we immerse ourselves in on a daily basis. From my perspective, this is where things really get interesting. I won’t give too much more away because I wouldn’t want to ruin the podcast. Have a listen and you might just find yourself converted to Tess’ cause.
Following up on the first installment of my Late Reflections podcast series, here is episode 2.
This time around you’re invited along on a personal tour of Tess Bunny’s Wild The City installation at Wall Street mall in Dunedin. Tess ran the installation in an attempt to raise awareness of her project. For a full working week the mall came alive with greenery and birdsong. This is the next best thing to seeing it for yourself, so have a listen.
For the final installment of the Late Reflections podcast, I present something in the creation of which I had some involvement. As yet another bow to the Wild the City string, Tess Bunny put together a team of keen young film students to make a short “soundscape film” telling the story of the sound of the city.
The film went through many iterations before assuming its final form (it still isn’t actually finished), but the ideas have remained the same.
In this episode Tess and I will run you through the story, letting you experience the sound yourself. As well as being interesting, think of it as a wee teaser for the film to come.