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The Emerging Nature of Participation in Multispecies Interaction Design

Mancini, Clara and Lehtonen, Jussi (2018). The Emerging Nature of Participation in Multispecies Interaction Design. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 9-13 Jun 2018, Hong Kong, China, ACM.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-5198-0, 978-1-4503-5198-0
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: Multispecies Participatory Design; Training; Dogs; Animal-Computer Interaction; Multispecies Interaction Design; Volitional, Semiotic and Choice-full Engagement
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 54539
Depositing User: Clara Mancini
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 14:52
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 05:53
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