This paper discusses the potential of using theatre with professional actors to convey the outcome of ethnographic user studies to industry or academia. Framed in the ongoing discussion within design ethnography of how representations can support the communication of ethnographic findings more effectively. The use of theatre within innovation processes can help facilitate the provoking role that an ethnography often plays when presented to organizations. Live performances were used as part of a participatory innovation project in the field of indoor climate with industry partners and academic researchers aiming at conveying controversial findings through improvisation and audience involvement. Video recordings of one such theatre event helped us analyze how the session unfolds with interaction analysis; the findings informed the planning of a second theatre event used to present the findings of the same project to a different audience. From the study of the two theatre sessions, we suggest an initial guideline with key aspects to consider when using theatre to represent ethnographic findings.
Proceedings of the Participatory Innovation Conference: Pin-c 2013, 2013, p. 213-221
Main Research Area:
Lut Scientific and Expertise Publications. Tutkimusraportit – Research Reports