On Speculative Enactments

Elsden, Christopher, Chatting, David, Durrant, Abigail, Garbett, Andrew, Nissen, Bettina, Vines, John and Kirk, David (2017) On Speculative Enactments. In: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), 7th - 11th May 2017, Denver.

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Speculative Enactments are a novel approach to speculative design research with participants. They invite the empirical analysis of participants acting amidst speculative but consequential circumstances. HCI as a broadly pragmatic, experience-centered, and participant-focused field is well placed to innovate methods that invite first-hand interaction and experience with speculative design projects. We discuss three case studies of this approach in practice, based on our own work: Runner Spotters, Metadating and a Quantified Wedding. In distinguishing Speculative Enactments we offer not just practical guidelines, but a set of conceptual resources for researchers and practitioners to critique the different contributions that speculative approaches can make to HCI discourse.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design Methods; Speculative Design; Data-Driven Life; Design Fiction; Critical Futures; Research through Design
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Vines
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 09:24
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30092

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