Our second larger contribution to ev+a 2010 was ‘Catherine Street Cultural Dig’ (CATDIG) Residents and traders from Catherine Street in Limerick city centre participated with SpiritStore acting as hosts of a full weekend programme of cultural events curated by SpiritStore. This project was deployed in three phases; the research phase; a collaborative ‘event organisation’ phase; and an implementation phase.
Initially our methods drew on contextual enquiry, creating an understanding of the economic, social, physical, temporal historic aspects of the street in order to communicate effectively with residents and with contributors. Methods we employed included conversation, questioning and
survey, public meetings in private spaces, private meetings in publi spaces, observation, detailed technical surveying, mapping, tracing, interviews, photography, video, sound recording. Later, the project team coordinated the event programme, PR, volunteer coordination, equipment and physical preparation etc. The programme ran as a weekend event with over 60 cultural workshops, performances, exhibitions, talks and installations.