A4 Article in conference proceedings
The emerging nature of participation in multispecies interaction design

List of Authors: Mancini C., Lehtonen J.
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
Place: New York
Publication year: 2018
Book title *: Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference : 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, 09-13 Jun 2018, Hong Kong, China
Journal name in source: DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5198-0


Interactive technology has become integral part of daily life for both humans and animals, with animals often interacting with technologized environments on behalf of humans. For some, animals' participation in the design process is essential to design technology that can adequately support their activities. For others, animals' inability to understand and control design activities inevitably stands in the way of multispecies participatory practices. Here, we consider the essential elements of participation within interspecies interactions and illustrate its emergence, in spite of contextual constraints and asymmetries. To move beyond anthropomorphic notions of participation, and consequent anthropocentric practices, we propose a broader participatory model based on indexical semiosis, volition and choice; and we highlight dimensions that could define inclusive participatory practices more resilient to the diversity of understandings and goals among part-taking agents, and better able to account for the contribution of diverse, multispecies agents in interaction design and beyond.

Last updated on 2019-21-08 at 20:27