Methodology of stories and tales
As my research into the sustainability through rationing developed, recollections of innovative solutions took shape that while being shaped by the circumstances of sustainability; the methods were passed down through stories of my grandfather, mother and father. The stories acted as a engaging method for the lessons they learnt to be passed down and has inspired me to look into the story telling as a design method for passing on methods of sustainability.
– Humanizing design with narrative
Further research in stories as a design methodology lead me to a journal titled “ Humanizing the Design through Narrative Inquiry”, expressing how “practice disciplines” are embracing story telling as a powerful method for teaching “intangible, human issues” and in my opinion I believe it shares my interest in applying story telling to teach rationing sustainability to address a human issues.
– Homi Bhabha story reflects perspective of historical facts
In my research into story telling as a method of conveying the forms of sustainability developed through the people, I was lead to look into Homi Bhabha’s story “what does the black man want?”. Bahbha uses stories as a method to express the different treatment and experiences of the Black people as expressed through the differentiation “white skin, Black skin”. The stories reflect what psyche of the treatment that came as a result of colonialism and speaks to the “disturbing qualities of black skin, white skin” as it reflects a perspective “rarely historicizes the colonial experience”
Often in the telling of history there is no narrative that expresses how “realist perspectives” that reflect the “social and historical facts” from which problems emerge in “individuals” (or collective) “psyches”.
The way Bahba’s stories reflect the perspective of the people of different ethnic backgrounds based on historical events, gives a voice to how the people were affected. I believe this relates well with my project, as I look into historical events that developed a unique perspective of rationing for sustainability.
Bahba’s story lead me to look deeper into the psyche of Cape Town citizens to pass on the lessons of sustainability to others through story telling that come along side social things reflecting from that perspective of sustainability and allowing them to interact with the narrative.
– Dictionary of Narratology
Inspired by the effective means of communication story telling has in reflectivng the psyche of the people based on historicial events, I have delved deeper into the methodology by researching the terminology through the “dictionary of naratology” by Gerald Prince. Mr Prince writes of the terms and “wide currency of narratology”, which can be used to express different “theoretical and methodological preferences”.
As I looked through the various terminology I came across a term “actantial model” whcih relates to my goal to merge a story narrative with an object. Greimas states that the “narrative is a signifying whole because it can be grasped in such a structure”, relating to the narrative structure being part of the object.
The actantial model involves 6 actants, the subject (looking for the object), object (looked for by the subject), sender (of the subjects quest for the object), receiver (of the object to be secured by the subject), helper (of the subject) and the opponent (of the subject).
I find that this actantial model can be applied to express the perspective of rationg for sustainability told through the stories of the people of Cape town and engaged with through a social object.
The story being told of sustainability (subject), the object being sought or discovered (sustainable method social thing), the user being taught (receiver), as they are helped by the design (designer as helper) as they ration their lack of resources (opponent) in order to sustain themselves.
This story of a method of sustainability being sought by the user when their resources are low, they use the social object; they learn and experience another’s perspective gaining knowledge along the way to sustain themselves. .