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Why questioning so so much more fruitful than answers

 

Blue

The beginning of a conversational-interview research methodology

 

Firstly, on a personal level I have always been a curious character, habitually wanting to find out more, know more, and discover more, questioning as a consequence became, as we could say 'in my nature'. Yet, as a child , throughout my teenage years and early twenties there was so much frustration caught-up in not being able to solve the question or problem or find an answer no matter how many books I delved into or people I asked.  The older I got (b. 1994) the more in fashion it became to just "Google it" and so the impatience and frustration with not being able to answer quickly became a fault of mine and of the previously popular askjeeves.com or ubiquitous Google search engine. The quicker I began to find answers, the more questions seemed to arouse, and like a tornado all of these questions, and easy found answers, became overwhelming, my research started to become surface level, I just Googled and relied upon one of the first answers that came up, no longer did I seek in books, academic papers or to ask people in the respected field. As consequence, I had become a victim of today's post-truth, and fake news era, leaving behind integrity in my research, and the prior hardcore scientific attentiveness I had prided myself on; all in the space of what felt like two years of non-academia. In recognition of this slacking the project "Blue: researching through conversation" came into realisation, totally abolishing the internet, the books and the hard core facts I allowed myself and my answers to be guided by the people I spoke to, initially just colleges, members of the public and people unequivocally not connected to the topic "Blue". However, eventually as a way and marking moment of breaking free from this surface level factuality I began to connect with, and converse with a few people within the field. Researchers who had a respectable background in chromatic research. From speaking to these researchers they suggested books and papers, referenced artists and designers to read into; but in conflict to the project, this would require me to read to find rather than converse to find, so I had come to a zone of conflicting directions; to either read and find out, or to find more people to converse with to find out more about the references that I had jotted down from the previous converses. Maybe, this choice was obvious; to continue conversing in a research project concerned with the conversation, but this dilemma had also provoked the want and desire again to do some intense reading to research, real reading, not the Googled default.

 

 

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