Using the framework of Steven Feld’s “acoustemology,” Hear We Are examines the sonic structures of Bowling Green and their effects on, and representation of, diverse communities within Bowling Green. Through modeling the sonic landscape of Bowling Green, Ohio in relation to aggregated census data, Hear We Are explores how the city of Bowling Green has been spatially and sonically organized – whether along lines of class, race, or education. Ultimately, Hear We Are offers a narrative of sound within Bowling Green while reflecting on the consequences of living within different soundscapes, i.e., sonic inequality
Using the theoretical framework of placemaking outlined by Ronald Lee Fleming, Hear We Are further engages with the community through a series of installations that attempt to provide an impetus for engaging local community members in further critical thinking about the connections between space, sound, and identity. Based on the author’s experience of living within in Bowling Green for two decades, I suggest that Bowling Green needs creative and artistic locations around the city that complicate and dissect the often-unquestioned assumption that soundscapes across Bowling Green are equitable and equally experienced.
Dr. Sidra Lawrence
First Advisor Department
Dr. Clayton Rosati
Second Advisor Department
Wicks, Declan, "Hear We Are: Investigating Sonic Inequality within Bowling Green, Ohio" (2018). Honors Projects. 338.