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Interaction, new materials & computing: Beyond the disappearing computer, towards material interactions
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 90, 1200-1206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper offers new design and theoretical insights into the materiality of interaction. With a point of departure taken in “the material turn” in HCI this work identifies how this has played out in our field as six interlinked approaches – from interaction design with new materials, via craft-based approaches to CHI, to notions that treats the computer as a material and the materiality of computing. This paper takes stock of our community’s reconceptualization of computing through the material turn and then advocate a return to interaction rather than a continued concern for the material status of the computer. In this paper I argue that doing so has fundamental implications for HCI design and research. By articulating a “materiality of interaction” perspective, this paper offers ways of moving forward by developing (1) A unique form-giving practice, (2) An artistic and research-driven explorative account, and (3) the growth of systematic knowledge in our field. I view this focus on the articulation of “the materiality of interaction” as an important contribution to this special issue. In particular since a focus on how interaction is increasingly realized through computational re-activation of traditional (analogue) materials, such as paper or wood, might be key for understanding emerging material experiences.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 90, 1200-1206 p.
Keyword [en]
Design, Experiences, Interaction, Interaction design, Materials, Materiality
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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människa-dator interaktion
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114517DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.05.032ISI: 000367235100141OAI: diva2:896642
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-22 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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