Having reflected on insights gathered from my research I assessed the direction of my project. It became clear that I wished to generate engagement on the topic of misery as a therapeutic or empowering tool.
Results from my cultural probes re-enforced my perception of misery as a vast and nuanced experience. This was particularly evidence in The Misery Times obituary exercise. Some people chose to write about relatively mundane things here such as delays on the tube or to-do lists, whereas another took the opportunity to write about human injustice and torture.
Furthermore, I was aware of a general reluctance to engage with misery. My public space interventions testified to this as, as did Naho’s interactions while she was wearing the Misery Cloud.
It was evident that to elicit meaningful conversations on misery I would need a means of prompting narratives in a personalized way. Yet I also wished for this medium to be potentially scalable.