For years, during the darkest moment of the year, I have photographed the reflections of light in the cracks of ice on a remote frozen lake in Eastern Finland. At first glance, it may seem that there is only ice, snow and some light. This is the case from some points of view, but a more detailed focussing widens the view.
This exposition describes how, with a careful, multisensory reading the environment — here by reading the auditive and thermoception information — is organised and is in a continuously moving process. My key concepts are Icephery and the Icy Score, which I have created by analysing what types of information my thermoceptive and auditive orientations will give about the ice and the icy environment. In this presentation, the other senses are less attentive; I have addressed them in my previous investigations (see Timonen 2014, 2019). By concentrating on multisensory close reading, the place comes to exhibit new meanings and layers. The place that was previously peripheral, remote and silent is now near, full of meanings and sounds. The understanding created by the sensory attention pushes the borders of the periphery of the place in a constant float. The article proceeds by presenting the theoretical starting points of the research, then describing the concrete workplace on ice from the point of view of the place and materiality, and finally, presenting the concepts of the Icephery and Icy Score as a result of careful multisensory close reading. The Icy Score is a visual outcome of the auditive layers of the ice.