Mak­ing Trou­ble: Re­design­ing the Rit­u­als of Civic Life

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  • The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices

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  • Mak­ing Trou­ble: Re­design­ing the Rit­u­als of Civic Life

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  • 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.

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