Call for participation: The Performance of Nonhuman Behaviour at Nordes 2015

Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden June 9, 2015

This full-day workshop is situated at the convergence of technology, behaviour and people’s understanding of the nonhuman entities with which they interact, questioning the ideas of ‘intelligence’ and ‘smartness’.

Workshop: “The Performance of Nonhuman Behaviour”

Organisers: Claudia Dutson, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Dan Lockton (Royal College of Art, London)

Aim: To question what intelligence and smartness mean when we interact with technology.

As the Internet of Things, ‘smart cities’, Quantified Self, and similar concepts intersect with design for behaviour change and sustainable behaviour, becoming pressing research themes across product, service, interaction and architectural design, we ask how the relationships between humans and nonhumans are characterised and articulated.

Through using performative methods, we aim to explore questions such as:

– What kind of conversations take place between humans and machines, and the surrounding environment? – How is algorithmic decision-making, as designed into systems, experienced and understood by humans? – How can designers engage with algorithms, critically but also usefully? – What does it mean when nonhuman performance becomes a material of design practice?

If you’re taking part, we’d like you to send us, beforehand, a screenshot of your computer desktop, and a photo of your working environment.

Participants: 15 maximum

More details: http://nonhuman.me

http://nordes.org/nordes2015/#workshops

Contact email address: dan@danlockton.co.uk

PDF outline: http://nordes.org/nordes2015/workshop_papers/T5.pdf

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