Integrative Studio Progress Report – 3/16

For my Integrative Studio 2 project, my topic is the idea of communication itself and . For my project, I’ve decided that I’m going to explore details of slowed down communication and the communication between people.

In detail, I am going be studying the objects of distraction and attention of others to view how certain distractions can distract different types of people including tourists, families, New Yorkers, etc. Since there are many things people could imagine that could happen, I want to conduct a study on how people start communicating with random strangers. Some of the things I believe can have affect on this are the climate changes, unique clothing pieces/physical feature, shared interests that is demonstrated in the park, or just two people start sitting on the same bench at a park.

Over spring break, I plan on going to a few locations to study my area of concentration. One place I have already been to is Battery Park in the Financial District. The reason I want to study the communication there is because it has such a wide variety of people everyday. It not only pulls in tourists, but it also has in a large amount of New Yorker’s who go there on a daily basis. I think that having a wide variety of people in my study will give me the fair results to what I am essentially looking for.

After I’ve gathered enough research through my observations at the park, I’ll be able to put together my study’s report’s of what really allows one another to contribute in starting a conversation with a stranger.

PROJECTED PLAN: For my projected plan so far, I intend to create a short-written survey to give to random strangers in the park in order to hear their input on what they think about meeting random people at the park and how they could/should approach it. I think this will be an interesting psychological survey, since no one has ever really done it before at the park. Incase people don’t give me or my survey the time of day, I think observing is key for my concentration at the moment.

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