We’ll start off with your groups’ fieldwork presentations. We’ll then think about the “designing of time,” in various cultural contexts, through product design, industrial design, service design, architecture, urbanism, fashion, etc.; the ideologies and cultural values embodied in those temporal objects and systems; how temporality plays out in design’s supply chains and fabrication and consumption and user experience; and how ethnographic methods might enhance designers’ temporal sensibilities.
We won’t have time (ha!) to discuss all the readings this week (or those from last week, about waiting), but they’ve ideally informed your fieldwork and will likewise inform our discussion of your presentations!
- Optional: John Postill, “Clock and Calendar Time: A Missing Anthropological Problem,” Time & Society 11:2-3 (2002): 251-70 [frankly, I’m still looking for a good ethnographic text that links classical texts on the “anthropology of time” to technological accelerationism; until I find it, you might want to peruse Black Quantum Futurism].
- Choose one of the following — whichever best matches your interests!:
- Michael Fisch, “Introduction: Toward a Theory of the Machine” and “Inhabiting the Interval” in An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network (University of Chicago Press, 2018): 1-28, 48-77 [remember: you’ll be prompted to log in to access copyrighted readings — student / seecreitfilez]. .
- Melissa Gregg, “Introduction: The Productivity Imperative” and “The Aesthetics of Activity: Productivity and the Order of Things” in Counterproductive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy (Duke University Press, 2018): 3-21, 78-99.
- Natasha Dow Schull, “Introduction,” “Interior Design for Interior States,” and “Engineering Experience” in Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press, 2012): 1-75.
- Christina Moon, “The Secret World of Fast Fashion,” Pacific Standard (March 17, 2014) [sadly, most images are missing– a consequence of the rapid rot of online publications; you can find some of Lauren Lancaster’s photos here].
- Consider: what else can be designed for speed? Cars, food, typography, user interfaces,… ?
- Post a slide to our response deck?
- “Architecture in Time: The Temporal Conditions of Architecture,” Birkbeck, University of London, 2010.
- Kevin Birth, “Clocks, Politics, and Changing Times,” The Frick Collection (October 16, 2013) <video>.
- Kevin K. Birth, Objects of Time: How Things Shape Temporality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
- Georgina Born, “Making Time: Temporality, History, and the Cultural Object,” New Literary History 46:3 (2015): 361-86.
- ** Rebecca Bryant and Daniel M. Knight, The Anthropology of the Future (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
- Anne Line Dalsgård, Martin Fredericksen, Susanne Højlund, and Lotte Meinert, eds., Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality: Time Objectified (Temple University Press, 2014).
- “Design and Temporality” Correspondences, Fieldsights (Society for Cultural Anthropology: June 2, 2016).
- Vincent Duclos, Tomás Sánchez Criado, and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, eds., “Speed” Special Issue, Cultural Anthropology 32:1 (2017).
- Alfred Gell, The Anthropology of Time: Cultural Constructions of Temporal Maps and Images (Berg, 1992).
- Tim Ingold, “The Temporality of the Landscape,” World Archaeology 25:2 (1993): 152-74.
- Alexander R. Jones, Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 2016).
- Andreas Muxel’s work.
- Christina Moon, “The LA Rag Trade,” Vestoj (2017).
- John Postill, “The Multidimensionality of Protest: Understanding New Social Movements Through Their Events, Trends, and Routines,” in Othon Alexandrakis, Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2016): 183-91.
- “Repertoires of Timekeeping in Anthropology,” Special Issue of Current Anthropology 43: S4 (2002).
- Maria Rogal and Cassie McDaniel, “Designing Time,” AIGA (April 25, 2006).
- Sarah Sharma, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2014).
- Filipa Matos Wunderlick, “Place-Temporality and Urban Place-Rhythms in Urban Analysis and Design: An Aesthetic Akin to Music,” Journal of Urban Design 18:3 (2013).