The Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) fosters cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and multi-sited research, especially in relation to the Asia-Pacific region. Through research and critical engagement, we collectively seek to push the boundaries and possibilities of ethnographic practice in, through and around digital media. DERC is a research centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, affiliated with the Design Research Institute. Read more about digital ethnography. Sign up for our mailing list.

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Featured Project: Complex, Clever, Cool: understanding and imagining smart, sustainable, laundry

Sarah Pink, John Postill and Yolande Strengers

Funded by Unilever Research and Development, 2013 - 2015

This digital, visual and sensory ethnography project was developed as part of a research partnership with Unilever (UK). It builds on Sarah Pink’s extensive research into digital media in everyday life, sustainable consumption, and laundry and domestic technologies carried out over a series of research council and industry partner funded projects since 1999. Complex, Clever and Cool focuses on how laundry and digital media technologies are emerging as part of the everyday lives and future imaginaries of the new Indonesian middle class. It has a focus on sustainable consumption. The project has produced new knowledge about the everyday lives of contemporary Indonesians, how they live with domestic and digital technologies and the implications of this for designing for a sustainable future. The outputs of this project include reports, and a series of forthcoming articles. Sarah Pink has teamed up with filmmaker Nadia Astari, who worked on the project with us to produce a documentary film based on this project. The film will be released late in 2015.


Featured Publication: Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones

Marsha Berry and Max Schlesser (eds.)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

With the rise of smartphones and the proliferation of applications ("apps"), the ways everyday media users and creative professionals represent, experience, and share the everyday is changing. With the overlay of location-based services, these experiences and representations are providing new social, creative, and emotional cartographies. This collection discusses the prospects of the proliferation of mobile and digital filmmaking opportunities, from videographic citizen journalism to networked, transmedia collaborative filmmaking and photography, and the embedding of filmmaking and photography in social media practice. The contributors reflect on emergent creative practices as well as digital ethnographies of new visualities and socialities associated with smartphone cameras in everyday life.



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