Workshop 3: Myths of the near future
11th June 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
RMIT Design Hub, Level 8
More than ever, people live through and are mediated by mobile phones. Via collective storying, an ethnographic method in design, this workshop will open the phone as a mediated collective zone where participants share stories about changing social interactions and how mobile phones are implicated in these changes. A pre-workshop activity involves shadowing a friend using their mobile phone. In the workshop we’ll discuss what we saw in the shadowing experience
and describe our own phone usage over the previous week. These activities will inform some collective storying about phones. The second half of the workshop offers the opportunity to develop visual narratives with found photos and/ or collaboratively create photos of mediated moments with the phone. By interacting with and composing found materials the photos can make legible selected mobile interactions, and the fleeting emotions they invoke. In other words, the workshop collects and produces narratives about mobile phones and images the emotional landscapes they trigger. It will explore how the phone is the prompt and the subject / evidence of our social activity / mediated communication, and maybe even our sole design instrument.
This workshop will be led by Katherine Moline from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW Australia. Her research on experimental practices in art and design is published in journals such as Studies in Material Thinking and Craft and Design Enquiry, and exhibitions she has curated, including ‘Connections: Experimental Design’ and the forthcoming ‘Feral Experimental’ at Galleries UNSW.