A unique method


Our research material consists of video recordings of naturally-occurring interactions, i.e. situations that we do not elicit and that would have taken place anyway, with or without the cameras.

We do not use these video recordings to illustrate our findings, or as a documentation of the variety of phenomena that our research encompasses. Rather, we discover and report on the features of ‘multiactivity’ (or any other object studied with this method) by repeatedly analyzing in very fine detail short sequences of everyday, mundane practices. The moral and normative underpinnings of our societies are partly perpetuated and renewed through these practices. The elements we highlight as researchers are visible in the data to any meticulous observer, but also to any competent member of society, although in the heat of our interactions we – ordinary members and analysts alike – are unaware of the methods we use. 

Our video corpus includes recordings from the following settings:

  • Interactions among friends and relatives in homes (especially families with several small children) and houses shared by students
  • Interactions in the workplace, office organisations and laboratory
  • Interactions in choir rehearsals
  • Interactions in 3D virtual worlds, virtual reality, video-mediated meetings and workshops
  • Interactions in cars
  • Interactions in multinational crisis management training and exercises (e.g. in military staff)

The recordings are mostly in English, but also in French, Finnish and Estonian. Some settings are multilingual and involve code-switching. Some of the recordings have been collected using 360° camera technology.

Last updated: 4.10.2018