Scheduled to take place over three years, Sensing the City is a practice-based research project involving a series of site-specific studies of urban rhythms, atmospheres, textures, practices and behavioural patterns in Coventry.
The project will utilise written notes, as well as sound and oral recordings, photography, performance and film and make use of the performing human body as a data-gathering sensor itself, as we hear, see, smell, touch and taste our surroundings. The text, sound and images gathered was presented at an exhibition at the Herbert Gallery in January 2020, followed by a one-day symposium. The project’s findings were presented in a format accessible to both the general public and urban planning professionals on the website.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is led by Dr Emma Meehan (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University) and Professor Nicolas Whybrow (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick) in collaboration with Dr Michael Pigott (Film & TV Studies, University of Warwick), Dr Natalie Garrett Brown (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University) and artist Carolyn Deby (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick).