Panel: The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices
Harold Garfinkel, father of ethnomethodology, once described his methodological “preference to start with the familiar scenes and ask what can be done to make trouble.” My work applies this sensibility to the design of public rituals. I will present research from several collaborative vox pop experiments and situate this work as “making trouble” for the assumptions that traditional journalism creates when it uses social media to curate the public back to itself. Culminating with a call to arms, I argue that the designers and funders of new civic platforms should embrace the opportunity to redesign our public rituals from the ground up.
- Joshua McVeigh-Schultz is a designer, scholar, and media maker in the Media Arts and Practice PhD program in the School of Cinematic Arts (US). He is interested in the intersection between interactivity design and rituals of public life. He completed an MA in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and an MFA in UC Santa Cruz’s Digital Arts and New Media program. He works as a researcher for the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and is a member of the Civic Paths research group, studying new models of political engagement at the intersection of civics and pop-culture. He is also a designer in the Mobile and Environmental Research Lab, where he develops speculative experiences for built environments and mobile interaction.