Editor’s note: We are pleased to present these 18 videos, each one produced by a student in Rachel Bahr’s English 11 class at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. Student Madison Mullis expertly explains the project in detail below, but we would like to point out how the videos capture not only these 11th graders’ creativity and individuality but also what they value in their community.
Last year, Bahr’s English 11 students photographed areas that were significant to them, after which they wrote a brief description telling why they chose that place. Limestone Post compiled all of their entries into a single article. This year, the students were challenged to create an immersive audio and video tour. The project was inspired by Detour, a mobile app that allows users to compose an audio walking experience.
These students’ videos show the importance of landmarks and shared community experiences, as well as the individuality of the students’ voices. We might be witnessing the next Dorothy Parker, Wes Anderson, or Ken Burns. These videos express deep emotions (without sentimentality) and can easily make the viewer laugh and cry, with pride not only at the culture we’re passing to the next generation but also at how they’re embracing it. These students’ videos show the importance of landmarks and shared community experiences, as well as reveal the individuality of the students’ voices.
By Madison Mullis, The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship English 11
This fall, we found our sense of place. Our English 11 teacher at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Ms. Bahr, introduced a project by first showing us the classic movie Breaking Away (1976). While watching the movie, we excitedly hunted for all the familiar landmarks and talked about the changes that have been made to our local landscape. After reading Sarah Gordon’s 2016 article “Are Market Forces Ruining B-town’s ‘Sense of Place’?,” we were asked a simple question:
“How can you, as a resident of Bloomington, share your ‘sense of place’ in an immersive audio tour?” Instantly, the name The Chocolate Moose was thrown around, an important part in the childhood of so many Bloomington residents. Each of the two English 11 classes took a walking tour to The Chocolate Moose to explore this historic business and its new changes. We were also able to check out and document other Bloomington landmarks along the way.
After choosing our sense of place, we got to work on creating our audio tour. We took pictures and videos of our sense of place and recorded our descriptions of the location and its significance to us. We then put all the pieces together to create what we hope is an immersive audio and visual tour of some of our favorite local places. This project had a different meaning for each of us; we drew from our diverse experiences and still ended up sharing a strong ‘sense of place’ with our small corner of Indiana. We hope you enjoy!
Lily Macneil Kitscher, Jordan Greenhouse, Indiana University
Naomi Nichols, Sexton Springs Road, Owensburg
Diego Ansaldo, Kirkwood Avenue
Natasha Shaw, Family Property
Samantha Ireland, Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Jasmine Erlien, Vintage Phoenix Comic Books
Eliyah Zayin, Templeton Elementary School
Anna Porter, Centerton Elementary School, Martinsville
Corbin Jones, IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Allison Batalon, Evil by the Needle
Alisha Wells and Max Horne, Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve
Jillian Barnes, Ballet Department, Indiana University Musical Arts Center
Sidney Thomas, Paynetown SRA, Lake Monroe
Maya Baird, Downtown Bloomington
Brayden Marquez, The Project School
Madison Mullis, Richland-Bean Blossom Youth Sports Fields, Ellettsville
Luke Saunders, Unionville
Aerial footage courtesy of Seth Teeters.