Reflection and Field manual s3399167


‘ Change ‘ is probably one of the more common topics of any conversation. Whether it is in person or in a group or at an event, we are either contemplating it, discussing it,
demanding it or celebrating it. It is really a simple thing – ‘ to transform from one state to another ‘, however it is much different to observe, study and reason change. And this is what
we’ve come across in studies this term with change: advocacy, activism, agency. To understand cause and effect, mediums & tools of change and our positions in a collective as
It can be overwhelming at first to grasp a task that involves you to propose something you would’ve wanted differently; and you go well there’s so many things I’ve always thought could be different; but yea does it have to be in a format ?, How do I go about conveying what I see differently and reason out the connecting dots ?, How do I convince people about it ?
It really comes down to the idea, that initial feeling/expression that you wish to convey most immediately to someone, and that is how I went about working with my tasks for the rest of the term. Not only did it bring a more coherent understanding of a simple idea but working in a group became more easier when each of us thought of the general concept and arrived to it from our own points of view; the result was diversity rather than conflict.

At simplest, ‘change’ makes me think of us as kids in school when we’d talk about something cool we came across the other day and describe in our own exaggeration just to convince our fellow mates, and when it did it would be like the topic of discussion or the thing to do for the day and things would be different the day after based on how it picked up.

This happens everyday, as individuals in our work places, homes and social circles we influence and validate – actions, objects, collective feelings and norms. In a most basic sense if we are well aware of our contribution to the general collective in our habits, views and lifestyle we may achieve change more as a result of diversity rather than the immediate need to overcome an obstacle.

Field Guide :

Empathy and everyday objects

Abstract: We live in an environment of complex interdependent systems with its own constraints and loopholes, and quite often a failure of one effects the others and a chain of problems is throw into chaos. It is common for us to jump onto an immediate solution in order to curb and contain the problem but we miss out the entire trail of why and what caused the problem and more importantly what are the different associated factors. Our current collective problems range from political, environment, health and socio-cultural issues. So is it important to have a quick fix to a recurring problem or the state of preparedness in order to gauge potential flaws and problem areas in order to better navigate us as a healthier collective. And how do acquire this state of preparedness ? – Empathy or the action of understanding and recognizing emotion and pace experienced by another. Not only does it allow us to be aware of the various conditions the collective has come together but better respond to a situation while leaving room for factors unknown.
With our current stage of consumerism and materialistic lifestyle, we’ve pretty much cast a shadow on learning how to feel with over-the-counter hash-tag emotions. We don’t really feel and as a result we don’t attempt to explore expressions to communicate, instead falling back on generally accepted definitions because it is convenient. Our attachments to materialistic possession is our first attempt to experience empathy – as kids, the toys we play with simply helps our young, vivid imagine to induce or animate emotions; as growing teens and adults the objects we possess are something that defines us – our tastes, outlook and preference. Something is of sentimental value simply because it has acquired character over time during our early years. Wear and tear, jaded colors, and the peculiar way we might use them – they all contribute to our ability to feel empathy.
The following is a field manual to induce play and reaction using humor, satire and surprise with everyday objects in order to engage people into a conversation with the mundane things that pass by.



Emotionally Durable Design : Objects, Experiences & Empathy.  Jonathan Chapman

Design as Politics. Tony Fry

Design Anthropology: Object culture in the 21st century. Allison J. Clarke

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