Tuesday 5th April 2022
Speaker: Sara Tilley & Caroline Pearce, ECA Research Fellow & Research Associate, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Speaker: Charlotte Wendelboe-Nelson, ECA Research Associate, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Speaker: Weijing Wang, PhD student with ESALA, Edinburgh College of Art
Weijing is a PhD student interested in the landscape perception, big data, spatio-temporal social practice, human-environment interaction in the age of social media. Her current DPhil research focuses on landscape preference, digital visual culture and visual methodologies. Weijing’s thesis examines 1) The representation of digital images and the practice of how people produce and share them. 2) The relationship between changing urbanisation and sightseeing practice of local people and tourists in contemporary Chinese cities 3) The role of photo-taking and photo-sharing behaviour in understanding landscape preference through using visual methodologies. The over-arching aim is to explore the richness user-generated materials from social media and the visual methodologies in examining landscape perception. Weijing’s current research utilise a wide range of methods, from large scale digital data analytics to in-situ semi-structure interviews.
Seminar Title: Gaze through social media: spatio-temporal activities of photo-taking and photo-sharing in the city
The burgeoning digital images from social media are saturated in people’s everyday life, for instance, a great many of apps on the smart phone are involved with images, such as Facebook, Instagram and Flickr. These user-generated data are commonly utilised in detecting content to explore people’s general perception of study areas, often neglecting the behaviour of photo-taking and photo-sharing from the perspective of landscape perception. Two studies are conducted to examine the “prospect – refuge” theory and further explore more about space of vision and observation.