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Becoming With: Towards the Inclusion of Animals as Participants in Design Processes
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3).
Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta, MSD2080, Malta.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this exploratory paper, we advocate for a way to mitigate the anthropocentrism inherent in interaction-design methodologies. We propose to involve animals that live in anthropic environments as participants in design processes. The current relationships between animals and technology have an inevitable impact on their well-being and raise fundamental ethical questions concerning our design policies. Drawing from the work of Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway, we argue for a situated approach in which we reflect upon concrete design contexts. We explore the notion of becoming with as a conceptual framework for the intuitive and bodily understanding that takes place between humans and animals when they encounter one-another in shared contexts. Adopting a research through design approach, we further explore this notion by reflecting upon two different participatory design projects with two dogs. We found these reflections to offer valuable perspectives for designers to analyse and discuss their iterative processes.

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ACM Digital Library, 2016. article id 6
Keywords [en]
Animal Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, becoming-with, anthropocentrism, Play
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10964DOI: 10.1145/2995257.2995392ISI: 000403665100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008240189Local ID: 22455OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-10964DiVA, id: diva2:1408007
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Animal Computer Interaction, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (November 16-17, 2016)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2024-06-17Bibliographically approved

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