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Social Norms, Artifacts There-of

Kabul: kite runners in uniform

The extent to which social activities take place out on the streets, in the home or, as in Afghanistan – around the family compound and the different ways these activities spill over into the public space. How does it compare to your culture? And how does personally carried technology stretch or contort the line between public, private and something-in-between?

The practice flying kites on the roof-tops – when a kite dips too low it’s fair game for the kids with string-and-a-stone that prowl the alleyways below. Kabul’s power lines are littered with failed attempts to capture kites – as seen in the stone+string combos in the middle picture. Kite flying is a bonding experience – it takes one person to hold the reel and feed out the twine, and the other to carve out shapes in the sky and bring down competitors. It’s mostly for younger males – but as you can see from these compound guards – not exclusively.

Kabul: the kite runner