Monday, October 4, 2010
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We took our slot card experiment to Melbourne City Square to test reaction and engagement. As this is a popular place for corporate Melbourne to lunch, we were hoping that the City Square would provide us with a different atmosphere to that of the Queen Vic Market. Unfortunately this was not entirely the case on the day that we visited due to a cycling event which created a similarly festive vibe.
Once again, we found kids to be the most easily attracted to the activity and so we actively focused on attracting adults to the activity. The reception was mixed, with a relatively equal number of people refusing and accepting our offer. Amongst the acceptees, we were pleasantly surprised at the readiness and williness to engage, although we did find that the engagement was kept to a much shorter passage of time than that of the children.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We designed and prepared seven bottle receptacles out of found materials and posted them in seven different locations around the Melbourne. The receptacles had instructions inscribed onto them so that it was clear what they were for.
The aim of this test was:
- to gauge where the most public engagement occurs in Melbourne
- to propose a new way of disposing rubbish
- to display the discarded object with a sense of preciousness
Unfortunately, we weren't overwhelmed with public engagement through this test. However we were successful in gaining a response in four locations.
The placement at the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale was the most successful, possibly owing to a highly frequented tram stop at this location.
Engagement at other locations, involved the taking away of pieces of the structure.
In this test, we created cardboard pieces that slot into one another. The pieces contained our logo and blog address on them. We took the pieces to the Queen Victoria Market on a sunny afternoon and first set up a few pieces to show people what could be done with them. We then placed some of the pieces around the structure, and began handing out the rest. We asked people if they would like to join in and help build a structure and told them they could put a piece wherever they liked. The aim of this test was to get people to engage with recyclable materials and one another in building a structure in a public place.