Mistake Methodology

As I’ve been creating this book for my thesis project, I’ve also been developing my methodology that i’ve extrapolated from research into error. I’ve then been applying this methodology to the everyday joy of queueing.

Blunders in Sweden seem to be generally treated with silent denial.

Slips and inefficient additions to a system are swiftly removed and put in their place.

Results to come…

While queue jumping is a criminal offense in britain, punishable by immense verbal abusing, it seems that in Sweden, in an average everyday queue, jumpers are tolerated. The old lady at the front actually turned around, smiled at me, and said hello.

Placebo Queues


Method = Omission

So far I’ve created 3 “Placebo Queues” in Newcastle, Uk and Stockholm, Sweden. A Placebo Queue is a queue that looks exactly like a queue, but is disfunctional in the fact that it has no reason; no goal. The people in the placebo queue are queueing just for the sheer pleasure of queueing.

Why create these queues with no reason? I am interested in if the passerby notices the error in the queue; if the queue creates a double take and gets one to question reality. A side-line to this is i’m interested in the amount of people it takes to create a queue as well as the behaviour of our queuers AND if any unsuspecting passerby actually joins the queue.

#01 – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

#02 – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

#03 – Stockholm, Sweden.

The results:
People were really quite curious of the “Bridge Queues.” The weather obviously was a major factor in people’s behaviour. Even so, the Stockholm Snow Queue got alot of laughs and even a few old ladies investigating if the sign in front of them said something about why they would be queueing. The queue with the fake leader, but real queuers, waited until a bus came then, realising the man was not queueing for the bus, all looked a bit bemused and made their way towards the bus. A few asked him what he was queuing for. The man said “no reason”.