NZ Sheep Stations

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

My current research investigates relationships amongst people, animals and the land on NZ sheep stations. In the new year I’ll start fieldwork in places likes these: Sheep Station NZ Bendigo Merinos flow across the land Shearing a Merino

Ethnographic Fiction and Speculative Design Workshop

Cummunities & Technologies 2011 will take place 29 June – 2 July 2011 at QUT in Brisbane. Paper proposals are due by 10 December, 2010. The first workshops have been announced, including ours (below) and others on digital cities, semantic ambient media experience and making sense of Twitter. Ethnographic Fiction and Speculative Design: Supporting Community […]

How can we be other than what we are?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in Research Methodologies

My plans to participate in the “Speculation, Design, Public and Participatory Technoscience: Possibilities and Critical Perspectives“ (pdf) track at EASST 2010 were foiled, so I was happy to read Nicolas Nova’s post on Designing alternative presents and speculative futures in which he talks about a design matrix presented by James Auger: “At the origin we […]

Some thoughts on design as practice and identity, and how this can impact collaboration and innovation

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in Research Methodologies

In 1971’s Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek proclaimed that “all men [sic] are designers” and “all that we do, almost all the time, is design.” This understanding of design is broadly consistent with what I learned as an anthropologist; Homo habilis (“handy man”) was the first species of the genus Homo, originally distinguished […]