We sent two videos ahead of time and then hooked up through Skype yesterday morning to take questions from the conference audience. The videos consisted of two projects on which Trevor and I have collaborated. The first, "Day Dreams, Night Games" documents the Centre for Qualitative Research's biennial conference held in September, 2008 at Bournemouth University. The second video, "Beyond Text: relations of dialogue, parody and contestation", in which we discuss the making of the first video, begins to establish our on-going collaboration around concepts such as 'beyond text' and what this means in a visual platform.
Both videos are now available on the sidebar!
For me, the audience questions and reactions were the interesting part. Some of the questions touched upon typical anxieties of qualitative researchers who work in (mostly) quantitative environments, particularly in this case, Psychology. By the end of the 'conversation', however, I think that we began to convince the audience about considerations of 'audience' itself. Bourriaud's 'conviviality' and even fun (Mary Gergen's 'serious fun') were concepts that we left them with. Hopefully, some possibilities were opened up for participants but, like 'night games', these changes often happen when we aren't looking, even sleeping!