Sensitizing Concepts for Socio-Spatial Literacy in HCI

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People inherently share spaces with other people. Congenitally, interactive technologies and ubiquitous environments shape our opportunities for enacting social relations. Proxemics and Spatial Sharing have been suggested as foundations for our understanding of the socio-spatial aspects of computing. By tandeming these theoretical perspectives in a set of cases in the office domain, we develop a contribution comprised of 3 key sensitizing concepts: Proxemics Malleability, Proxemics Threshold and Proxemics Gravity articulating socio-spatial qualities at the interplay between interactive systems, spaces, interior elements and co-located people. The sensitizing concepts qualify interaction designers in considering proxemics consequences of technology design; they serve both as analytic lenses in understanding the socio-spatial qualities of a context and as generative instruments in a design process. The proposed sensitizing concepts and the theoretical work of the paper contribute to enhanced Socio-spatial literacy in HCI.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : CHI '17
Number of pages11
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4655-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationColorado Convention Center
LandUnited States
SeriesProceedings of CHI'17

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