by Lynne Chapman, from Manchester, UK
I just scanned all the sketches I did of the 'Atmospheres' conference at the Morgan Centre at Manchester University, as a precursor to my residency with them, starting on October. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, scribbling constantly, and filled 6 metres of paper!
The conference was covering all kinds of sociological issues around the idea of atmosphere (the atmosphere of 'moshing' at a Heavy Metal concert; creating an appropriate atmosphere in care homes...) It was all really interesting and very accessible to a non-academic.
I made accordion sketchbooks especially for the occasion. My remit was to record what I saw and do my best to conjure the atmosphere of the conference itself.
At the end I gave a 15 talk on Urban Sketching and showed the results via a visualiser. I then co-delivered a paper with Professor Sue Heath, talking about the residency and showing more examples of my sketches, to try and convey what we are hoping to get out of the year.
I will be a fly on the wall for 2 days a week, recording elements of the life of the Morgan Centre and its team and following key researchers, capturing what I can of their research projects. can't wait!
As you can see, I carried on working after the conference had finished and recorded my journey home, so it was more or less a door-to-door account of my experience of the event.