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Rehearsing: just how far from implementation?

April 27, 2010

During the closing DAIM conference in February we showed videos of enacted and improvised design scenarios that were produced during the research project. In one of the videos a shop owner and his customers collaborate with waste professionals and designers to rehearse the future practice of a new in-shop waste handling service. In the conference we proposed that the general distance between a series of rehearsals and the implementation of new robust practices were perhaps not as great as expected. Design researchers in the audience raised the question if the video wasn’t merely documenting a momentary fantasy, a kind of spectacle for the case of the event, and hence very far from establishing a new robust practice. My colleagues and I argued that what took place in the shop had less to do with theatrical make-believe and more with staging the concrete aspirations of competent participants. The participants did not stage a fiction, but developed a fictive reality according to the present resources and constraints. It was about “making, not faking” as Victor Turner once described the efficacy of ritual and social drama. Granted, our research experiments with possible futures often remain exactly that: temporary experiments that lead to new knowledge, but seldom to implementable solutions here and now. But in this case I am delighted to report from the implementation of the in-shop waste handling service in question. See the images here.

Rehearsing the Future, video

September 11, 2009

The DAIM pilot project on waste is now available in motion picture. The title of the movie is emblematic of our approach to user-driven innovation: it’s all about concrete encounters between participants who collectively articulate attractive visions and iteratively rehearse their futures.

Three foci in the landscape of waste

December 10, 2008

So far we have covered a lot of ground in the broad empirical investigation of waste handling and the various stakeholder positions through fieldwork and exploratory workshops. Right now we are in the process of narrowing down the scope of the pilot project to address three more focused design topics within the landscape of waste and identified opportunities. We at DKDS are working closely with Vestforbrænding in this narrowing, to ensure that the three design topics form a space of attractive opportunities for their future relations with municipalities, waste handling businesses and citizens. The three topics will frame our efforts in the last four months of the pilot project on waste. They work as invitations to municipalities and others to collaborate with Vestforbrænding and DAIM, and right now we are waiting and hoping they will generate positive responses.