8 Why interviews?
An important part of our archive exists as interviews. Time and financial restraint have limited most interviews to a single incident but we would have liked to find a way to interview each person several more times. This is a methodology used to great effect by anthropologist Edward T. Hall when he needed to discover the effects of a new building on its workers. He conducted three interviews spread over several years and found that the real information often surfaced in the second and third interview.
As each new conversation carves deeper into the material, it creates multiple ways to enter into the discussion and a rich plurality of insights. Revisiting has the flavor of the multiple-view but one that is spread over time. We would have liked to apply it here because it would have been consistent with our general approach.
In the interviews, as elsewhere, we may not be able to fully resolve all the implications of the project. There is much we would still like to do, places in the world we would like to record, and interviews we would love to conduct. Much of that will have to be left to others. We hope to have structured STONE Project’s methodological processes and packaged the outcomes of research in such a way that allows others to continue what STONE Project has started.
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