Empathic negotiations through material culture: co-designing and making digital exhibits

Reitsma, Lizette, Light, Ann and Rodgers, Paul (2014) Empathic negotiations through material culture: co-designing and making digital exhibits. Digital Creativity, 25 (3). pp. 269-274. ISSN 1744-3806

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2014.904367

Abstract

This article introduces a case study undertaken in the indigenous Penan community of Long Lamai, Upper Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia. In this community, there is concern about the negative image other cultural groups hold of the Penan. This case study explores co-design as a means to invite community members, together with a designer, to explore the identity that they would like to present to people outside the community. In preparing for an exhibition to challenge perceptions, it turned out to be important to embrace the culture of the community to facilitate self-expression, introducing new concepts such as technological interventions and design probes to stimulate reflection and creativity. However, it was indigenous material culture, when actively and encouragingly supported by the designer, that had a key role in developing the co-design and, with it, empathic understanding between designer and community.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 5/6/2014 ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-design, design probes, digital exhibits, indigenous communities, Penan
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 08:41
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17531

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