How bout agile research communication? Mining the material and editing it in response to specific calls, as opposed to hoping that one solution (eg. essay) will do
Making this research into a resume is a project on iys own, with its set of questions and uncertainties. Writing a cohesive piece on the topic, or just laying stuff bare? Media? Function? How does this research exist? (as text, are.na, video, etc) Who does this exist for? Will it be disseminated? How? At which point of a project does it come, and how should it acknowledge it? Adoption of do it all paradigm could help.
Map, prompts, objects (content)
Make participants feel more at ease
Clarify certain prompts (mark, senses, physical thing)
Noting vs body position
Probes seem clear, but hard to record with.
Context and protocols of engagement
Through which moments, tools and media can the exchange take place in the park?
A big need: design research protocol
1. First project exposure (How is it first seen? Where am I and what am I doing? How does it communicate its content to lure people in?
2. Strong opening lines (what is this? What are those things- use as interest-generators, don't overexplain; Who am I?
3. The moment of invitation and consent (how you can help me and what's in it for you, can I document?)
The moment of explanation (what is explained? lucid and strong, inspiring confidence)
You'll receive a couple of items (what are they), do a few things, and then come back and get a freebee. Map: contains all the hows. Pen to write on it. Body antenna: you'll need it in be end, can read about it later
The return of evidence and collection of insights/debate (exit poll, worksheet)
New stage of the project: provoking situations to learn from.
How to engage participants with more lucidity?
How to learn from-and-with participants about unlearning?
Creating situations to learn from. Funny enough, the learning is purely procedural here: im using tryout situation of engagement to generate insights about how to perform a better engagement. What is a better engagement, then? It's not an easy question; id hazard a guess that it's one that stimulates the participants in ways that might help me infer insights directly linked to my theme of research.
Sooo funny; learning from tryout situations in order to produce... more situations, ones that are conducive for unlearning. Learning how to provoke unlearning.
A mobile buro for restorative futility is made up of smaller departments.
A: necessities and possibilities of unlearning nature through socratic tools (curiosity, uncertainty, open-endedness)
B: self-investigating said uncertainty as a design praxis
C: a melting pot of methodologies, where the classic design research (probes, speculation) met the more self-reflexive methods (writing, reflection etc)
Self reflexivity: is that a side effect of the studio's strategy? Is that a way of acknowledging inseparable connection between researching object and subject, using 'natural' sensibilities to probe 'nature' and truly becoming what is studied?
It almost feels like a catharsis, when uncertainty-as-praxis stops being a sleep paralysis monster and starts being generative. The next questions in my head are:
1 what does this kind of comfort mean for the research?
2 is it a self-preserving reflex, that puts uncertainty to work in order to protect the ego?
What has covid done to dae folk? In best cases, trained us in self-reliance, but that self reliance is nothing else than individualistic pride brought to an extreme. This time has been an emotional wasteland, learned helplessness guided as resourcefullness. It also brought about massive rehaul of values to many (practice-wise), but on interpersonal and private levels, this has been a nosebleed. It doesn't feel like I've not learned enough, it's just that this learning was painful, and, therefore its very hard for me to objectively assess its value. Maybe the conclusions regarding uncertainty are all wrong? Maybe uncertainty is a cloud of complex emotions, responses and processes of which some are simply killing us, if there is imbalance? I am constantly comparing my emotional frame from before May 31st, when we were let in to the academy again, and now; the difference is dramatic. The uncertainty as praxis I then had in mind was a different uncertainty; it came in a messy package with other emotions. What is now, the paradigm of 'yes, both' makes a different value of uncertainty (as a force conducive to plurality of outcomes), but my head is so much clearer, that it almost doesn't feel like uncertainty anymore. I'm still swaying, but the swaying has truly become a journey in itself, deliberate swaying, generative swaying; what is it then?