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PeriodShare: A Bloody Design Fiction

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In this paper we present PeriodShare, a speculative design proposing a wireless menstrual cup that automatically quantifies and shares menstrual data on social networks. We suggest that PeriodShare is a design fiction that uses both crowd-funding rhetoric and the form of a rather clumsy DIY project to create a particular fictional universe that (1) speculates on a potential near future of quantification of menstruation, and through this (2) encourages to reflection on the dynamics of contemporary technology paradigms like the politics and culture of self-Tracking, sharing, and intimate data. As a research through design project and by using these communication threads, PeriodShare thus uses menstruation as a trope to investigate social, cultural and political issues of intimate technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Game-Changing Design, NordiCHI 2016
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year26 Oct 2016
Article numbera113
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4763-1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450347631
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2016
EventNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 23 Oct 201627 Oct 2016


ConferenceNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

    Research areas

  • Design Fiction, Menstruation, Research Through Design, Self Tracking

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