Testing Artefact Activity – 4

After Harah’s feedback, I was able to improve the kit and booklet design more. The narrative and speculative making scenario was removed from the foraging activity making the Artefact Activity more streamlined and focused.

I had a friend, Devanshi, age 33, help me test the improved Artefact Kit, at Potong Pasir Area. We met around 4pm and I briefed her the activity and passed her the guide and resin plants.

We walked around the area, with me video taking the testing of Devanshi finding various plants. She was able to find a total, of 26 different plants. This was the map she drew.

Interestingly, I realised a narrative was beginning to form based on similarities from Testing 1 and this Testing. The path the people took were often places they frequented in their neighbourhood, and places they were familiar with.

E.g. The river Devanshi drew was a place she liked to walk every day because of the nice scenery. In the previous testing, Ahilesh walked through the garden path drawn on the map to school, so he had explored the path with the guide.

It is interesting because these people already have an emotional connection and narrative tied to these places. The Artefact guide allows them to create natural experiences within these places, therefore the existing narratives add more value and meaning to the experience of nature.

What was more interesting was these people were not aware initially that they were visiting frequented places. This way the maps open up new possibilities of intersections between our lives and nature, through how we can integrate it into our community and environments.

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