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Knowledge-creation Processes in Crafts-based HCI Research: Introducing a Sympoietic Framework

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Crafts-based approaches in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) blend analog crafts and materials with digital technologies. In addition to introducing novel ways of creating artifacts, they also present us with alternative modes of inquiry and knowledge creation but we still lack frameworks for understanding the forms of knowledge created through them. We therefore introduce a sympoietic framework for articulating and analyzing knowledge generation in crafts-based research projects in HCI, which integrates concepts from craft theory with HCI. The framework extends from knowledge processes in the making of an artifact to encompass the wider research process. This includes processes that occur within the 'lab', e.g. research question articulation and experimentation, as well as what happens when an artifact is deployed in and enters into dialogue with the world. We exemplify the potentials of the framework with analyses of two cases, a photonic fabric and a kinetic wearable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearOct 2020
Article number49
ISBN (electronic)9781450375795
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Event11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Estonia
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


Conference11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020
ByVirtual, Online

    Research areas

  • Craft theory, Crafts-based HCI, Exemplary knowledge, Intermediate level knowledge, Knowledge creation, Research processes, Research through Design, Sympoietic research processes

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