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Designing and theorizing co-located interactions.

Reitmaier, Thomas, Pierre Benz and Gary Marsden (2013) Designing and theorizing co-located interactions.. In Proceedings CHI 2013, pages 381-390.

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This paper gives an interwoven account of the theoretical and practical work we undertook in pursuit of designing co- located interactions. We show how we sensitized ourselves to theory from diverse intellectual disciplines, to develop an analytical lens to better think about co-located interactions. By critiquing current systems and their conceptual founda- tions, and further interrelating theories particularly in regard to performative aspects of identity and communication, we develop a more nuanced way of thinking about co-located interactions. Drawing on our sensitivities, we show how we generated and are exploring, through the process of design, a set of co-located interactions that are situated within our social ecologies, and contend that our upfront theoretical work enabled us to identify and explore this space in the first place. This highlights the importance of problem fram- ing, especially for projects adopting design methodologies.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
ID Code:901
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:28 October 2013