I was asked by Kim Sawchuk to contribute to a special issue on Media Arts Revisited in the Canadian Journal of Communications. For this academic article, I collated a poem and two pebbles from my ethnography in the mobile telecoms industry, to create a story-collage that reflected on the landscapes of the industry.
I was inside: inside a mobile phone manufacturer research and development campus. The world I had left behind disappeared beyond the event horizon of the security gate, my visitor pass and long-negotiated non-disclosure agreement propelling my body with ease through the fortification of the electrified fence. From now on I was forbidden to use my cameraphone, forbidden my voice recorder. All I was allowed was this: my ethnographic notebook and pencil…
Watts, L. (2012) Two Pebbles and a Poem: the Landscapes of the Mobile Telecoms Industry, Canadian Journal of Communications 37 (1).