Material Speculation: Actual Artifacts for Critical Inquiry

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2015-06
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Author: Ron Wakkary
Author: William Odom
Author: Garnet Hertz
Author: Henry Lin
Abstract
Speculative and fictional approaches have long been implemented in human-computer interaction and design techniques through scenarios, prototypes, forecasting, and envisionments. Recently, speculative and critical design approaches have reflectively explored and questioned possible, and preferable futures in HCI research. We propose a complementary concept – material speculation – that utilizes actual and situated design artifacts in the everyday as a site of critical inquiry. We see the literary theory of possible worlds and the related concept of the counterfactual as informative to this work. We present five examples of interaction design artifacts that can be viewed as material speculations. We conclude with a discussion of characteristics of material speculations and their implications for future design-oriented research.
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Ron Wakkary, William Odom, Sabrina Hauser, Garnet Hertz, and Henry Lin. 2015. Material speculation: actual artifacts for critical inquiry. In Proceedings of The Fifth Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Alternatives (AA '15). Aarhus University Press 97-108. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/ aahcc.v1i1.21299
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In Proceedings of The Fifth Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Alternatives
Document title
Material Speculation: Actual Artifacts for Critical Inquiry
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Aarhus University Press
Date
2015
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97
Last page
108
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