The Engaging Futures book and other related projects have experimentation and speculation at their heart. In this spirit, this is an occasional blog where I hope to try out ideas and reflect on research-in-process.
Partly, the idea for this comes out of an uncertainty about how a multi-media project - which deliberately seeks to generate still and moving images and sounds - can be captured and disseminated in an academic book. The new Goldsmiths Press is admirably enquiring into such an issue, aiming to 'cut across disciplinary boundaries and blur the distinction between practice and theory, experimentation and convention and between the academic, literary and artistic'. As well as full-length monographs, the Press will also publish more provisional and non-standard work, which may include briefs, sketchbooks and blogposts. Engaging Futures has been deliberately designed along these lines.
It is relatively straightforward to see how a digital or online book may include different materials and media - as one example, see Sarah Pink, Yoko Akamba and participants' recent book Un/Certainty on how images and videos created within a workshop on design, ethnography and futures may be made into an e-book. But, it is more tricky to think through how a print book may do this. So, in addition to trying out and reflecting on ideas as they develop, the blog will also act as a space to deposit some images, videos, and sound pieces that may not make it into the book. In this sense, it will accompany any print versions of Engaging Futures that may be published, and act as a site where readers/viewers may themselves engage further with them. Other pages on the site will also be updated as I go along, and I also hope to share some of the inspiring work on temporality, the new materialisms and inventive methodologies by other people here too.