Microrituals

 

“The daily papers talk about everything except the daily. The papers annoy me, they teach me nothing. What they recount doesn’t concern me, doesn’t ask me questions and doesn’t answer the questions I ask or would like to ask.

What’s really going on, what we’re experiencing, the rest, all the rest, where is it? How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs every day: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual?”

 

- Georges Perec, Approaches to What? 1973

Micro-rituals uses video recording as a means of deconstructing and examining the routine or everyday. The project uses a process of recording, replaying and looping – using a smartphone and rudimentary editing techniques – as a process to to isolate and elevate specific moments or ‘micro-rituals’

 

Through examination and analysis, propositions or ‘physical edits’ can be imagined and produced. By placing these back into the original setting, a routine can be hacked or remixed in reality, and specific moments within a routine can be tested.

 

The project proposes that the feedback loops that can be created between video and reality might be exploited as a tool or resource for design practice, for analysing and redesigning specific moments.
 

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2012

BA Design at Goldsmiths Graduation Project

Example of  specific 'microritual'

Physical edit

Alternative behaviour

low-fi iPhone jig