Uncertainty and possibility are emerging as both theoretical concepts and fields of empirical investigation, as scholars and practitioners seek new creative, hopeful and speculative modes of understanding and intervening in a world of crisis.This book offers new perspectives on the central issues of uncertainty and possibility, and identifies new research methods which take advantage of disruptive and experimental techniques. Advancing a practical agenda for future making, it reveals how uncertainty can be engaged as a generative ‘technology’ for understanding, researching and intervening in the world. Drawing on key themes in creative methodologies, such as making, essaying, inhabiting and attuning, chapters explore contemporary sites of practice. The book looks at maker spaces and technology design, the imaginaries of architectural design, the temporalities of built cultural heritage, and interdisciplinary making and performing. Based on the authors' own academic work and their applied research with a range of different organizations, Uncertainty and Possibility outlines new opportunities for research and intervention. It is essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners in design anthropology and human-centred design.
Table of Contents
List of Figures Acknowledgements Author Biographies 1. Approaching Uncertainty 2. What is Uncertainty? 3 Uncertainty as Technology4. Strategies for Disruption, Yoko Akama (RMIT University, Australia), Elisenda Ardevol (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Deborah Lanzeni (RMIT University, RMIT EU, Spain), Ann Light (University of Sussex, UK), Katherine Moline (University of New South Wales: Art & Design, Australia), Sarah Pink (RMIT University, Australia), Shanti Sumartojo (RMIT University, Australia)5. Surrendering to and Tracing Uncertainty, Tom Jackson (University of Leeds, UK), YokoAkama, Sarah Pink, Shanti Sumartojo 6. Uncertainty as Technology for Moving Beyond, David Carlin (RMIT University, Australia),Yoko Akama, Sarah Pink, Shanti Sumartojo 7. Propositions and Practical Applications References Index
Yoko Akama is Associate Professor in the School of Design and co-leader of the Design+Ethnography+Futures research program at RMIT University, Australia.Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor in the School of Media and Communication and co-leader of the Design+Ethnography+Futures research program at RMIT University, Australia. Shanti Sumartojo is Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, based in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia.
A welcome contribution to this disciplinary hybrid ... Provokes a kind of uncertainty that the reader needs to embrace in order to explore the possibilities that the book may generate for the future of design anthropology. Indeed, if this is intended, the book succeeds. And it is, I believe, its key strength. - Anthropos