VISPER seminar: Methodological challenges

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Five researchers in the subjects of Designing Human Technologies will in a VISPER seminar discuss how they work methodologically in examining the experiences of an audience. The discussing researchers are our guest associate professor Matthew Reason; Connie Svabo, Henriette Christrup and Kim Schrøder from our Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies and Bjarne Sode Funch from our Department of Psychology and Educational Studies.

The seminar is on November 19th at RUC, and we are looking much forward to it. The program for the seminar can be seen below.

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Methodological challenges for researching audience experiences

Seminar organized by the research group VISPER at Performance-design, RUC

Tuesday, November 19, 13-17
Room 43.3.29

The presence of an audience is central to many descriptions of live performance. It is there in Peter Brooks’ classic definition of a figure walking across an empty space ‘whilst someone else is watching him’. The act of watching – and listening – is crucial, and yet only fairly recently has performance studies as a discipline begun to take the challenge of understanding how actual audiences engage seriously in live performance.

Recent shifts, however, have seen a growing focus on the dynamics of spectatorship in live performance addressing questions of experiencing live from a range of perspectives, including the study of performance, music and theatre, arts marketing and experience design. Simultaneously, the methodological challenges of investigating such a complex phenomenon as live performance is acknowledged.

To illustrate a variety of approaches to researching audience experiences, we have invited five scholars to discuss examples from their work: two of our colleagues from Performance-design, two other colleagues from RUC and visiting professor Matthew Reason. On the basis of these five presentations it is the aim of the seminar to reflect on the methodological choices and challenges of doing research on live audience experiences.
PROGRAM FOR THE SEMINAR:

13.00-13.30: Matthew Reason, York St. John: Adventures in creative research techniques
13.30-14.00: Kim Schrøder, Communication studies: Beyond the qualitative/quantitative divide,
introducing Q-methodology
14.00-14.30: Bjarne Sode Funch, Psychology: Psychological Facets of the Phenomenological
Interview
14.30-15.00: Break
15.00-15.30: Henriette Christrup, Performance-design: Wheel of ritual, drawings and measuring
heart rhythms. Experience research in relation to self-creation and design processes.
15.30-16.00: Connie Svabo, Performance-design: Following in the footsteps of the museum
visitor
16.00-17.00: Discussion

Each presentation will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. The final hour is open for a shared discussion among all participants, and the seminar is open for all.

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You can also download the program as a pdf here: VISPER-seminar

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