本プロジェクトでは、フィールドワークを活動の中心に据えているが、全体の学習プログラムは「モバイル・メソッド」（大学院プロジェクト科目）との接続を意識しながら設計を試みる。つまり、Büscher、Urry、Witchgerら（2011）が提案する「モバイル・メソッド」の視座や「ロケーティブ・メディア（locative media）」研究（たとえばWilken & Goggin, 2014）の動向をふまえて、人、モノ、情報、アイデア等の「移動」に関わる調査・研究と、デザインリサーチやソーシャルファブリケーション領域と関連づけるものである。異文化に触れながら、人びとが日常のなかで（時には不可避的に）生成し続けている多様な「生活記録（life document）」の理解と、方法論の開発、調査・研究の設計等について探究する。
This project aims to explore the idea of "community research" through a series of lectures and field research. This year, we will make a short trip to Thailand in order to conduct our fieldwork. There, students will interview local residents in casual (informal) fashion, together with various site visits, and will organize research results toward presentations on the final day. Currently, we plan to make a set of posters to summarize the research results. A poster is like a mirror, but what it illustrates is not a mere reflection of oneself. Rather, it is a reflection of how an individual has been "seen" by others. A poster will contribute, to some extent, to create a moment at which one can
reflect upon him/herself, and to recognize the relationships with others. Theoretical motivations of the present project are in tune with "Mobile Methods" Project offered in the Graduate School of Media and Governance.
Thai Camp: Overview
A "camp" is a mode of participartory learning, in that participants seek to understand the resources available, and attempt to expand their capacities to organize their ideas within given situations. It is an attempt to design a place at which we can reflect upon things that are regarded as 'taken-for-granted' in our day-to-day activities.
I suggest that such form of learning may promote communication among participants, through the set of goals, roles, and rules that constructs the situation. This year, we will make a short trip to Thailand. For Keio students (preregistration required), it will be offered as a "Special Research Project B" for the Spring Semester, 2018.
- Dates: Thursday, March 8 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Venue: Details to be announced
- Participants (fklab, Keio University):
On the idea of "camp"
A "camp," as a mode of learning, consists of three steps that are closely interrelated. Each step has its own emphasis in terms of our process of knowing. The design of the learning process is primarily based on the theory of experiential learning, and it unfolds as three steps. As shown in the figure below, these three steps of the "camp" create a cyclic process. Typically, participants work in groups of two, in that one can concentrate on taking photos while the other can work on generating fieldnotes.
1: Get in touch with people
In the first step, we conduct interview sessions with members of the local community. A primary purpose here is to listen to the "real" voices of the ones who live their lives in the community, and collect and compile data (i.e., include photos, voice-recordings, sketches, and other forms of fieldnotes). It can be understood as a pile of "life documents," with which one can begin to weave a story about his/her experiences in the area. Through this phase, participants will learn about the ways in which he/she can get closer to the interviewee, and to develop the relationships with her/him in the given situation.
2: Making sense out of interview sessions
The next step of the "camp" is to reflect upon the interview session, and to think about the person interviewed, and her/his day-to-day activities in the community. After the fieldwork, participants are asked to select photo(s), and to come up with a catch copy, phrases, short texts to illustrate the situation created by both the interviewers and the interviewee. As a form to organize and present this process of understanding, we create a set of posters. Through this process, one has to distanciate oneself from the situation within which he/she was embedded. It triggers a mode of self-reflection, in that one has to look back and make sense of things and events he/she observed during the fieldwork.
3: Sharing posters with interviewees
When conducting a field research in a local community, it is important to deliver the result of the research back to the community members. As mentioned, as a way to distribute the images of the person (that is, in fact, the images of the community) the photos, phrases, and texts are organized into a set of posters. I suggest that a poster is a distinct, useful medium for presenting one’s experiences in the field. By delivering and sharing these posters, one can begin to further develop the relationship with the interviewee. This process initiates to pursue additional interviews, as well as to incorporate new participants for the future research activities. Also, this cyclic process may expand the scope and perspective of the research itself.
Day 1: Thursday, March 8
- Check-in: Arriving at Thailand
- 18:00 Get together - Meeting in brief
- 20:00 Dinner
Day 2: Friday, March 9
- 10:00-11:00 Introduction
- 11:00-12:30 City tour
- 12:30-14:00 Lunch
- 14:00-16:30 Casual interview-walk through local community
- 16:30-17:30 Wrap-up
- 18:00- Dinner
Day 3: Saturday March 10
- 9:30- Field research in Thailand; Designing posters（グループごとに行動）
- 12:00-13:00 Lunch
- 13:30-17:30 Site visits (TBA)
- 18:00- Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, March 11
- 10:00- Visit Museum Siam and the National Museum
- 12:30- Lunch
- 13:30- Field research in Thailand; Designing posters（グループごとに行動）
- 17:00 Poster designs due; Printing out
- 18:00 Dinner
Day 5: Monday, March 12
- 10:00＊ Presentation; Debriefing session; Reflection (video session)
- 12:00 Wrap up