Inarticulate devices: Critical encounters with network technology in research through design

Gatehouse, Cally and Chatting, David (2020) Inarticulate devices: Critical encounters with network technology in research through design. In: DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 2119-2131. ISBN 9781450369749

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Research through design (RTD) is commonly conceived as a material and discursive practice of articulating knowledge. This paper contributes to the understanding of RTD as a form of critical inquiry by considering how inarticulacy can also be a productive element of this process. We present two reflective accounts of critically-engaged RTD practices in which our attempts to articulate concerns or questions were met with resistance from technology that was both the subject and medium of our investigation. We argue that encountering inarticulacy is not a failure of RTD but instead points to how material exploration can sensitise us to how network technology resists articulating certain values or concerns. Encountering inarticulacy led us to formulate new problems and new lines of inquiry. We conclude by suggesting that the central role given to ambiguity in RTD prepares us to witness and respond to inarticulacy in our practices, design outcomes and critical understandings.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research Through Design, Networks, Critical Design, Adversarial Design, Hacking, STS
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 12:35
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:21

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