Collaboration with Alexis Malefakis, Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich
Reverse Engineered Ethnography
Various observers suggested that design thinking as a methodology is a valuable resource for other disciplines including engineering or business. Simultaneously it is well accepted that ethnography has the ability to inform design developments.
At the intersection of these debates, we used design methods in ethnographic research. Reverse engineering and CAD-modelling provided unique insights into the collection of these intriguing objects as well as into the thought processes therein.
Design Science?
The gained knowledge has been published in:
Malefakis, A., Laely, T., Togni, R. (2017). Auto Didaktika - Wire Models From Burundi. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers.
and was shown in an exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich in 2016-2017.
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