Attempting to come up with an idea for my digital artifact has been the most stressful part of my uni experience so far. This includes trying to enter and exit the maze of building 19 from the same side of the building (I’ll tell you a secret- that hasn’t happened yet). Throughout many attempts to find the perfect idea I have thought of a multitude of ideas, some silly, some downright stupid, and some that actually might work.
Interviews with animals
This was my first vague idea for my Digital Artifact, it entailed me filming animals and “interviewing them,” however the logistics of how this would work weren’t all figured out. There were multiple sub-ideas that sprouted from this concept. Such as going to a local animal shelter and promoting the adoption of individual shelter animals through cute film clips of the animals, although the interview style part was still a little hazy. After a quick youtube search for inspiration, I found this video which I found extremely funny! Whilst the logistics of this idea are a bit hazy, the idea- or a version of this idea isn’t completely ruled out.
I let dogs walk me
In an attempt to stay on the animal theme I thought that it might be interesting to walk different dogs and let them lead the way to see where they’d take me. Whilst this is an interesting concept (at least to me) I feel that this video series would firstly, be tedious to film, secondly, it would lose it’s novelty quickly, and thirdly, I might get lost.
Living in Bomaderry and attending University in Wollongong means that I spend at least two hours on the train every UNI day. Resultantly, I designed an idea where every day on the train I would try and ask people questions in interview style, sometimes about themselves, sometimes on current issues. Whilst I like this idea very much I feel that I may not get the participation that I need and that I may just end up making people and myself feel uncomfortable on the train. However, I would love to hear your thoughts on it!
Emma in the egg chair (title being workshopped)
My final and favorite idea at this stage is simply a Youtube channel where I sit in an egg chair with a cup of tea and just talk. I feel that the main problem I had in thinking of an idea for my Digital Artifact is that I was focusing too much on picking a single topic, whereas instead, I think that I would be more successful in forming healthy discussions, raising awareness and starting conversations for multiple issues and interests that I personally feel should be talked about. I would also like to bring other people into some interviews and have group discussions on multiple issues. I took stylistic inspiration for this idea from my favourite Youtubers such as Hannah Witton, Arden Rose, and Anna Akanna.
So please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think! I hope that this post made you feel better about your Digital Artifacts, and maybe made you realise that your crappy ideas aren’t as bad as mine.