Gallery installations at EPIC2019 evoked multi-modal experiences of ethnographic practice—written, oral, visual, three-dimensional, interactive, critical, reflective. These creative projects offered conference attendees diverse experiences of agency and ethnography. The conference committee made an open call for proposals and selected installations through anonymous review.
Chair: ANJA MAERZ, Babylon Health
Carolina Amiguet, Google
MAKALÉ FABER CULLEN, Urban Soils Institute
ANNA HICKEY-MOODY, RMIT University
SHEILA PONTIS, Princeton University
WAFA SAID MOSLEH, University of Southern Denmark
The Ethno-graphic Sensibility, Jamie McPike & Diana Graizbord
Socially Informed Policy and Planning for AV Mobility in Rhode Island, Kate Fisher
Agency via Avatar Emotions in Virtual Reality, Ayfer Gokalp & Jacqueline Pospisil
Office Humour, James O’Neill, Francesco Pini & Frauke Hein
What Are Memories Made of?, Hema Malini Waghray
Debris, Daria Loi & Heather McGeachy...
by MAKALÉ FABER CULLEN
“We don’t fail because we are not intelligent or erudite enough; we fail because we don’t present our stakeholders with engaging material that will improve their ideas. We choose the medium which makes us comfortable, not the one our stakeholders would prefer.”
— Sam Ladner, Practical Ethnography (159)
Our work as ethnographers, as social scientists, is rich, experiential, relational, multi-dimensional and full-sensory. As often as we can, we immerse ourselves in communities and in landscapes and then—we heighten all our senses, turn down our ego and try to understand the context. Nothing is as important as context.
We document and analyze these contexts and the individuals and objects within them, refining them for a new context of service design or product development that is itself a whole new ecosystem of relationships, ethics, finances, goals, timescapes. Businesses and organizations have distinct customs, rituals, and standards for creating "evidence-that-counts."