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Video and a Sense of the Invisible: Approaching Domestic Energy Consumption Through the Sensory Home

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  • Sarah Pink

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  • Kerstin Leder Mackley

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This article proposes and demonstrates an approach to understanding everyday life that takes as its starting point the sensory aesthetics of place. In doing so it advances a video-ethnography approach to studying 'invisible' elements of everyday domestic life through the prism of the sensory home. Our concern is chiefly methodological: first, we take a biography of method approach to explain and identify the status of the research knowledge this approach can produce; second, we outline how the video tour as a multisensorial and collaborative research encounter can open up understandings of home as place-event; finally, we probe the status of video as ethnographic description by inviting the reader/viewer to access ways of knowing as they are inscribed in embedded clips, in relation to our written argument. To demonstrate this we discuss and embed clips from a pilot video tour developed as part of an interdisciplinary research project, seeking to understand domestic energy consumption as entangled in everyday practices, experiences and creativities.

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  • Sarah Pink & Kerstin Leder Mackley, 2012. "Video and a Sense of the Invisible: Approaching Domestic Energy Consumption Through the Sensory Home," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 17(1), pages 1-3.
  • Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:2012-5-2
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