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8th November, 2018

Curiosity in the experiential consumption of the unknown

London South Bank University

Event Details

8th November, 2018
12:00 - 13:00
LSBU Southwark Campus - LR391 London Road Building, 100-116 London Road, SE1 6LN

This seminar presentation will be given by Dr Rohit Talwar, Lecturer in the School of Business.

The study of consumer experiences in marketing relies on people identifying or understanding the object they are consuming. People consume experiences in known settings of retail, cafes, or planned experiential excursions such as skydiving or white-water rafting. Consumers are aware of these settings and engage with known branded or service encounters.

However, the contemporary use of fleeting and unforeseen interactive installations in public spaces urges to broaden the study of experiences and interrogate the consumer’s agency and willingness to interact with unknown objects. Along with introspective data, this paper draws from three years of periodic ethnographic research in the UK and argues for the recognition of curiosity in experiential consumption.

In highlighting this previously unexplored aspect of consumption, this paper develops crucial theoretical insight into research in both experiential consumption and consumer culture by presenting the role played by curiosity at places beyond the initial encounter with an unknown object.

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