Design + Ethnography + Futures workshop 4: Speculative design through food
Date: 22nd September 2014, 2-5pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub, Pavilion 1 (level 10)
Eating keeps us alive, but also necessitates the death of other organisms. In our urbanised living, many of us are removed from the birth and death of the majority of the things we eat. But what if we could design a 'zero food miles' system filled with organisms that we could grow and kill ourselves, in our own homes? Join us for a workshop with chef and ex-DERC member Helen Addison-Smith, where we work, think and eat our way through speculative food design. She will lead us through a 3hr workshop through making, sharing and eating food as a way to explore some of the deeper questions that confronts as well as motivate what we do. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, challenge your personal boundaries through intimate eating, and learn from an 'ethnography of ingestion' that may offer new ways of thinking and doing! Please bring something alive and also edible to share.
As with all of our Design + Ethnography + Futures workshops, this is not a 'how to do design ethnography' methods workshop or one that seeks to impart knowledge. We invite you to enter it with as few pre-conceived ideas as possible, including expectations for this workshop to achieve predefined outcomes. What you make and take away is therefore, entirely up to you+us. As such, we invite you to try and be comfortable with the random, experimental, improvisatory nature of uncertainty and let the process of discovery unfold ;-)
This event is supported by the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, Design Futures Lab and the Design Research Institute.
Digital Ethnography Design Workshop
Date: Thursday 9 October, 1-3pm
Venue: Pavilion 4, Level 10, Design Hub, Building 100, RMIT City Campus
How do ethnographers engage with the changing form of culture as it becomes increasingly mediated by digital ethnology? This workshop explores emerging digital methods for collecting, analyzing, visualizing, and narrativizing ethnographic materials. In the first hour, Wendy will introduce the utility of digital tools and computational approaches – including webscraping, mapping, and visualization – for ethnographic inquiries. Drawing empirical examples from her research on Asian American musicians’ digital diaspora and the street music-culture in Taiwan, Wendy will discuss the affordances (and limitations) of the digital extensions of participant-observation. The second hour of the workshop will be a speculative research design lab where participants collectively explore touch points with the digital in the participants’ own research processes and come up with potential research designs.
Wendy Hsu is an ethnographer, musician, and community arts organizer who engages with multimodal research and performance practices informed by music from continental to diasporic Asia. Her work engages with Nakashi street music-culture in postcolonial Taiwan and practices of music and mobility of Taipei’s urban underclass. She has published on Taqwacore, Asian American indie rock, Yoko Ono, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bollywood, and digital ethnography. As an ACLS Public Fellow, Dr. Hsu currently works with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bringing together her research and arts organizing experiences, Hsu is working to rethink and design DCA’s information and data paradigms with a goal to augment the department’s digital relevance and public engagement. An active performer, Dr. Hsu is a founding member of ethnographic ghost pop band Bitter Party, vintage Asian rock band Dzian!, improvised music trio Pinko Communoids, and Yoko-Ono-inspired noise duo Grapefruit Experiment. She also co-founded engaged innovations collective Movable Parts and experimental music group HzCollective. Website: http://beingwendyhsu.info/
Geert Lovink Masterclass: Issues in Critical Internet Studies
Date: December 15 & 16, 10am-6pm
Venue: RMIT City Campus (Room TBC)
Application Deadline: October 1
Geert Lovink returns to RMIT to facilitate a two-day Critical Internet Cultures Masterclass in the School of Media and Communication. Divided into six sessions, the masterclass will engage a myriad of topics including: the state of arts net criticism; critical social media research; cultures of searching; Wikileaks-Anonymous-Snowdon and other net activist strategies; revenue models for the arts (from crowdfunding to bitcoin); book 2.0 and digital publishing strategies; Wikipedia research and; the politics and aesthetics of online video. The masterclass includes a 20 minute, one-on-one conversation in which individual research proposals can be discussed. Participant places are strictly limited. To be considered for a place in the workshop, please register by completing this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c87ozZe7J4OtId1uTUR8lAoLbbi12KQn 3plfdRhC33s/viewform) no later than October 1st, 2014. Applicants will be notified via invitation by October 15th, 2014.
Geert Lovink is a Dutch media theorist and net critic. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and worked at the University of Queensland as a postdoc. In 2004 he became a researcher at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, where he is founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Lovink is author of Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007) and Networks without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 his institute has organized (online) publications, conferences and research networks on emerging topics in critical internet culture such as search, social media, Wikipedia, online video and the critique of the creative industries (recent conference: November 20/21 2014 in Amsterdam. URL: http://networkcultures.org/). He is also Professor at the European Graduate School where he supervises PhD students and an Advisory Board member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre.
Lynn Schofield Clark on Radio National
Lynn Schofield Clark, our Visiting Fellow to DERC, appeared on Radio National's Life Matters program on Thursday 6 March, talking new media and families. Listen to the audio on demand.
PhD Scholarship available
EOI closing date: 30 March 2014
This three-year scholarship is for a PhD candidate who will conduct ethnographic field research for a study of the moral and cultural economy of the mobile phone in Fiji. S/he will spend at least 12 months over the three years of candidature in Fiji documenting and analysing the relationships between consumers, companies, and state agents that take shape around mobile phones, digital media and infrastructures. The candidate will carry out research based on his or her specific expertise and research interests while also contributing a key component to a broader comparative study with Papua New Guinea funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant The Moral and Cultural Economy of the Mobile Phone in the Pacific. The candidate will also become a Postgraduate Member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre.
Eligible candidates will have a BA with Honours or MA/MsC (Research) in Anthropology, Sociology, Media, Communication, Science and Technology Studies, Informatics/Information or other related discipline. Candidates must be willing to undertake ethnographic fieldwork in Fiji and be willing to learn the language of their fieldwork site. Pending final approval, the Scholarship will include a tax-free stipend of $24,653 per year for three years (July 2014 to June 2016) and project-related research expenses. Please note that all applicants will need to apply for and be accepted to the PhD program in Media and Communication at RMIT University to be eligible for the scholarship. Application details, including details and deadlines for RTS placement for Australian and New Zealand citizens and possible tuition fees for International candidates, can be found here.
Initial expressions of interest, including a CV and 500-word initial project proposal should be sent before 30 March 2014 to Dr. Heather Horst with the subject line PHD Scholarship EOI.
Website for ethical consumption project launched
The website for the ARC Discovery Project ‘The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream’, which is led by DERC's own Tania Lewis along with Kim Humphery, is now live at http://ethicalconsumption.org/. This project will be the first of its kind to examine the rise and impact of ethical consumption in Australia.
Most excellent ARC Discovery Grant outcomes!
The two directors of DERC have both been awarded ARC Discovery Grants for two separate innovative and exciting research projects. Along with Professor Robert Foster, Heather is undertaking research that will historically and ethnographically document the broad social consequences of new digital technologies in the Pacific region. You can find out more about this project here. Along with Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson, Larissa is studying how mobile game consumption is reflecting, and being shaped by, complex social and technological practices integral to contemporary life. You can find out more about this project here.
That's DOCTOR Patrick Kelly to you
DERC is very pleased to announce that we have perhaps our first DERC PhD. Patrick Kelly's practice-led project "Detour Off the Superhighway" explored media, aura and filmic practice, and saw him giving up media and communication technology in stages over 80 days.
DERC at EPIC2013
The Digital Ethnography Research Centre had a strong presence at EPIC2013, the leading conference for ethnographic praxis in industry (see http://epiconference.com/2013/), which was held in London 16-18 September. DERC Research Fellow Erin Taylor presented her paper with DERC Director Heather Horst entitled "From Street to Satellite: Mixing Methods To Understand Mobile Money Users" during the opening conference panel. Adjunct Professor and DERC member Daniel Miller gave a keynote entitled "Attaining Humanity" and DERC member Jo Tacchi represented the centre during a workshop entitled "Skills and relationships: defining the training of future practitioners" with participants from Microsoft, Swisscom and Canonical.
Geelab interview with Tom Boellstorff
ARC Linkage Grant success!
We are very pleased to announce that members of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre were the recipients of two Australian Research Council Linkage Grants.
The first project, 'Evaluating communication for development: supporting adaptive and accountable development', is led by DERC Member Prof. Jo Tacchi and is a partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund and Eidos Institute Ltd. (CIs/PIs: Tacchi, Prof Jo A; Rogers, Prof Patricia J; Obregon Galvez, A/Prof Rafael A; Pavarala, Prof Vinod; Muirhead, Prof Bruce D. $606,462.00)
The second funded project, 'Locating the mobile: intergenerational locative media practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai', is led by DERC Co-Director A/Prof. Larissa Hjorth and is a partnership with Keio University, Tokyo, Fudan University and Intel Australia Pty Ltd. DERC Co-Director Dr. Heather Horst and DERC member Prof. Sarah Pink are also CIs on the project. (CIs/PIs: Hjorth, A/Prof Larissa; Horst, Dr Heather A; Pink, Prof Sarah; Bell, Dr Genevieve; Zhou, A/Prof Baohua; Kato, Dr Fumitoshi, $232,160.00)
We look forward to supporting DERC applications in future rounds!