Joshua Singler


Examining the Everyday.

I feel that I've made several big strides forward in the direction of a solid research question this week. I was able to meet with Bonne and Hélène on separate occasions and got really good feedback on where my research was sitting. During the open studio I had prepared three questions:

  • What can analog technologies teach us about the evolution of storytelling?

  • In what ways can public engagement in material practices investigate the evolution of storytelling?

  • How can public engagement in material practices investigate the evolution of communication technology and it affects on storytelling?

After my open studio, quite a bit has changed. I was able to have a lot of important conversations with peers and faculty members that have inspired a significant shift in my research. I met and spoke with Hélène, Laura, Chris and Katherine in addition to undergrad students and some of my cohort to discuss the state of my research and the direction it was headed. I've decided to completely abandon the phrase 'storytelling'. After talking with Chris about this, I realized that it wasn't offering me anything specific enough to study at a thesis level. Instead, I've replaced ‘storytelling’ with ‘the everyday’. Equally obscure, however, it allowed me to enter a space where I could apply more of the themes I was wanting to explore. Going forward, I will continue to examine human interaction and cohabitation, and the interceptions of art and design, through the lens of everyday life. With some help from Bonne, we reframed my original research questions into:

“What is the role of communication design in reflecting and documenting the complex rhythms of everyday life, and how might a communication design practice offer meaningful junctures of interception and redirection to the everyday?”

It still needs a work, it’s rather long and I’m afraid not specific enough. However, with this question I was able to start an activity where I've combined different digital interactions/footprints throughout the day to begin to visualize my day through a technological lens. Combining text messages, Facebook, Instagram, Calls, Debit/Credit Transactions, Photo exchanges, etc. I placed them on top of a blank music composition sheet. This was the beginning of me attempting to map out the everyday through musical analogies, using the possibility of developing rhythms, melodies, notes, etc.


Joshua Singler