Accepted paper:

Within the reach of the imagination: mundane technological futures

Authors:

Sarah Pink (Monash University )

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I examine the implications of accounting for how mundane technological futures are imagined in everyday life contexts.

Paper long abstract:

In this paper I examine the implications of accounting for how mundane technological futures are imagined in everyday life contexts. Drawing from recent video ethnographies about washing machines in Indonesia and self-tracking technologies in Australia I show how mundane ways of anticipating or imagining that which has not yet occurred but might be possible, are embedded in everyday life. I argue that by accounting for these ethnographically we are able to gain deeper understandings of where the future resides in the moments through which the present is lived out. As such this offers ways to think about how mundane futures are imagined and constituted as part of processual and emergent everyday environments.

panel P070
Possible/plausible/probable/preferable: concepts and techniques for realising futures [FAN]