Influenced by responses from my cultural probe packs and the individual nuances that emerged within the experience of misery, I designed a personalised Misery Kit to be set within the framework of a ritual. The use of a ritual was a nod towards the ancient knowledge aspect of my early research and also provided a framework for potential scalability. The kit provided a deeply personalised element within the ritual framework.
The first kit I created was designed for myself. Thus I tested it out in the video shown.
Having experimented, I came to realise that the kit format was too limited. Placing the kit within a box eliminated some of the richness of my topic. Additionally it didn’t sufficiently open space for alternative misery narratives to develop. It served to primarily re-create experiences of misery rather than to provoke responses to these experiences.