Peter Chan, Associate Professor, Ohio State University/Design
Ben McCorkle, Associate Professor, Ohio State University/English
This poster presents a journey map of a weeklong Pop-Up creative collaboration for Humane Technologies, a university grant-funded initiative to foster engagement in interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the arts, design, and technology. During the Pop-Up week, multiple projects were developed as the result of exploring a common theme: livability in the 21st century. These projects developed as teams of collaborators from various disciplines interacted with different technologies—e.g., virtual reality, motion capture, and 3D printing—to develop deliverables based on the central theme. Central to this creative inquiry is the conviction that in order to think and make livable futures, teams would bring disciplinary expertise to their collaborations, but also be open to the kind of creative play and improvisation that leads to unexpected developments.
Unlike more traditional long-term research projects, Pop-Ups come and go quickly, intensely focused by organized teams to establish creative communities that participate in rapid making. All collaborators are asked to participate in initial groundwork before the intensive period that includes sharing references, preliminary research questions, and other disciplinary resources via online platforms. During the Pop-Up week, participants created rapid prototypes and other concrete outcomes addressing specific discoveries. Afterward, all participants supplemented their initial documentation with written and visual reflections, as well as future plans.
The authors highlight three projects from the Pop-Up week—a virtual exploration space, a game, and a simulation—and document the processes that led to their creation. Qualitative insights based on the teams’ research questions, prototyping process, and critical thinking are summarized into three experience stages: provocation, making, and reflection. This holistic view presents a better understanding of the scale and complexity of the collaborative experience, and is part of a larger effort to document the creative activities of the Human Technologies collaborative. This poster could ultimately serve as a road map for similar projects.
Area of Focus: Make [experiences]
Keywords: Collaboration, Humane Technologies, Experience Map