On Reimagining Sound and Vision When Collecting Data 'in the Wild'

    Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


    In my doctoral studies on resemiotization as social process in editorial work on talk show interviews, I seek to trace the dynamics of journalistic work in the televised mass media. I focus on how current stories are chosen, discussed and angled – and especially how semiotics are negotiated and translated into exo-somatic artefacts (e.g. onto black boards, and into manuscripts, notes and cue cards) in this process. The aim is to uncover the social constructions of representations of the interviewees’ personal experiences leading up to the live actualization of the interviews. To conduct such qualitative work flow analyses, I have closely followed two journalists from the Danish live televised talk show Aftenshowet. My data collection has been conducted with state-of-the-art recording equipment including multiple 4K 360 cameras and spatial sound recording devices. Due to the development in size, price and resolution of 360 cameras combined with ambisonic audio recordings that can be linked to the 360 videos, it has become increasingly relevant for us to reimagine sound and vision when collecting data. Therefore, my overarching aims are 1) to show how these newly available video and audio recording technologies can help tracking social phenomena ‘in the wild’ – and why this matters, or should matter, to video ethnographic researchers; and 2) to discuss some of the challenges we encounter in working with 360 video material. Once we start recording and, thus, seeing the world in new ways, we must also find new ways to represent our findings in data sessions, journals, at conferences, etc. For example, how can a full-sphere video still shot be unfolded onto the 2D pages of a journal, so it makes sense visually to readers who are used to experiencing classic visual photo material from cameras with a restricted field of view (FOV) within a rectangular frame? And what are the best ways to transcribe this omnidirectional audio-visual data? In my presentation, I wish to elaborate on the advantages of using advanced technologies to collect complex, high quality, multifaceted data when investigating journalistic practices. I will illustrate how these newly available audio-visual tools offer a greater width and depth in data collection that can help to trace specific parts of the final broadcasted interview back to early editorial meetings, prepping interviews and sometimes even semi-personal small talk between the journalists.
    Periode22 nov. 201724 nov. 2017


    • video ethnography
    • conversation analysis
    • journalism
    • data
    • 360 degrees video