Research Methods: Part 1.

This morning I found the way in which various creatives have translated data sets into visual works of art to be really intriguing. I found the way in which Nathalie Miebach suggested that the readability of her ‘weather sculpture’
 was quite dependant on the space in which it is placed to be of great significance to the basis of Story Worlds:

“You place it in an art museum, it becomes a sculpture. You place it in a science museum, it becomes a three dimensional visualisation of data. You place it in a music hall, it all of a sudden becomes a musical score.”

In saying this, Miebach is suggesting that the context and possible capabilities of this item is interchangeable in accordance to is surroundings, and therefore that her object is complex. I just found it cool as it links up nicely with what we have learnt so far in this class about the signifier and signified.

We also learnt a fair amount about qualitative and quantitative data gathering. It was really helpful to hear an in depth explanation of this, and I am really keen to continue with my research gathering. So far, I’ve been looking at websites and articles online, and have been arranging for interviews with various businesses around Karangahape Road.

Today our small activity is to answer some questions:

What is your dominant research paradigm: So far, my research is more geared toward the qualitative. 

Why? What kinds of data are you seeking to gather: This is due to the fact that my project is more about the experiences people have with other people, places and services (along and around K Rd)  that are in relation to what Stuart & I have defined as an ‘act of kindness’.  

What processes or methods will your research use: Thus far I have been using secondary research via the web – shop sites, interviews, articles and am looking into finding books or articles at the libraries. Stuart and i have also engaged in some auto ethnographic research too, which is exciting.  

How do you expect your findings to contribute to the group project: My findings will contribute toward our project in multiple ways. From unveiling the valued thoughts, experiences and feelings of our interviewees to figuring out who/how/why/when particular places were established and what their purposes are. For example: Why are you working at Merge Cafe? Why was Merge Cafe established on Karangahape Road as opposed to anywhere else? And so on. My research will provide us with information that is personalised and intimate – which will help us to better choose how to implement all this into our final video piece. 


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