Researchers on Table
Today we are engaged in a group discussion amongst the team members of DODO lab
Analyzing our individual processes and learning from our mistakes and what steps we could have taken to further make our project more interesting and helpful in collecting and archiving our research.
Our projects were about open ended research guided by Dodo Lab, we broke down our projects into four different groups: Pollution, Land Survey, Tourism and Music.
This project was more about asking questions rather than coming to a pre determined solution.
What we noticed is that people were comfortable giving out the information as long as it’s not being recorded or taped. It felt like we touched their weak-spots and they told us about their experiences very passionately as if they were waiting to tell a story or a city to initiate a research to come with a solution that could help revive the economy.
All our research has been archived into E-Books which is a publishing tool courtesy of Proboscis.
Just Follow the Music.
Tim, playing his ukulele at the EcoHouse
At such a culturally diverse university in such a culturally diverse city like Windsor, we are constantly exposed to an almost cacophonous blend of different designs, traditions, and music. As a result, we don’t always take the time to stop and really look and listen to all that is around us. This raises the question, what is it that we are missing, and what might we learn if we took the time to open our eyes and ears?
In order to answer this rather broad question, it was necessary to narrow it down to just one element, since it would take far more than the scope of this six-week class to examine the whole of the cultural tapestry of Windsor. So, to expedite the research, the focus was narrowed down to music.
While only narrowing it down to music may make it sound as though it remains too broad, it allows for a lot of freedom to go wherever the music may lead, and learn whatever there might be to learn everywhere we go. The ultimate goal of this research is not to prove any particular point or hypothesis, but to go out, collect stories; songs; and opinions about the city and its music, and discover what narrative lies beneath.
When in doubt, listen for music, and see what it tells you.