Over the next three years cloTHING(s) as conversation will be concentrating its efforts in three areas: material artifact explorations, social construct events, conversation and evaluation. Making activities within the studio help us externalize insight. Combined with social construct events our material output (the artifacts we make) provides mechanisms to voice, share and explore with our colleagues, peers and friends. The material artifact and social construct spaces serve as invites that enable experts with disparate working expertise and expectations to touch and influence one another. They open up a meaningful space for conversation and a means of evaluating and reconsidering the clothing we wear.
This latest phase of the cloTHING(s) as conversation is an opportunity to implement and evaluate a methodology that intentionally pulls on both abstract and pragmatic making activities and modes of communication in order to externalize insight.
Our approach draws on our previous work exploring creative based research methods in both academic and industry based contexts (Collected Experience, Intelligent Forms Design Inc., Safety Lab, DnA, Creatives with Intent).
We have developed a generative research practice that pulls on the use of participatory events in conjunction with practice led, action and reaction-based inquiry and considered forums for response and riposte. We regularly use these nodes of exploration in combination as a means of navigating a space of ambiguous inquiry that does not preclude pragmatic agendas and prescriptive narratives.
The diagrams below illustrate this dynamic and map out our intended route through to Spring 2017. If you would like to know more about our approach please do not hesitate to get a hold of us at firstname.lastname@example.org.