Collectives and Their Artifact Ecologies

Henrik Korsgaard, Peter Jeremy Lyle, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, Midas Nouwens, Susanne Bødker

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Computing today happens across multiple devices, applications, users, organizational units, and in the rest of the world outside. Groups and communities come together for different reasons and operate within contexts that may differ from dominant modes of production and consumption. With a foundation in activity theoretical HCI we develop the concept of collective artifact ecologies. This concept enables us to identify struggles of collective use of computational devices today, delimiting collective artifact ecologies in order to study and explain how they develop and overlap. Through an analysis of three empirical cases, we illustrate the notion of collectives and how they face challenges in establishing, maintaining and negotiating their artifact ecologies. This paper, therefore, contributes a theoretical foundation for analyzing groups and communities as collectives, with a particular emphasis on the multiple tools and artifacts they use. To serve as a starting point for further engagement with these concepts, we have provided a number of guiding questions to support the understanding of collective artifact ecologies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number432
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
EventCSCW 2022: The 25th ACM Conference On Computer-Supported Cooperative Work And Social Computing - Virtual
Duration: 7 Nov 202222 Nov 2022
Conference number: 25


ConferenceCSCW 2022
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  • artifact ecologies
  • collectives
  • hci theory

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