Visualizing Toxic Places is designed to advance five key concepts. The design ethnography process -- moving from place proposals to digital photo essays to a gallery installation -- will provide data for this conceptual work. Cumulatively, the project will address these research questions:
How can ethnographers configure|imagine|query “place” to be responsive to contemporary conditions (discursive, geopolitical, etc)?
What are the dynamics of toxicity and how can they be captured ethnographically?
How can diverse modes and moments of visualization in ethnographic work flows deepen ethnographic understandings?
How can thinking and working in terms of “installation ethnography” -- with material and experiential dimensions, and affective as well as epistemic effects -- take the work of Writing Culture into its next phase?
How can collaboration ethnography work, advancing both the production of ethnographic knowledge and understanding of collaboration itself as a sociocultural, necessarily infrastructured activity?
VtP research questions and key concepts