Academy of Visual Arts
A vibrant evolution: From wearable devices to objects as mediators of experience
This article envisages objects and materials in terms of actants (entities that have the ability to modify other entities). Things are temporary assemblages of vibrant matter in emergent systems. In the context of human computer interaction, a flat ontology enables a discussion of 'counter-consciousness' where a traditional interface 'user' is better described as a 'co-producer' and, further, materials and objects are crafted with an appreciation of their life beyond the conscious realm of the human perspective. Proposing tactics that engage with physical and electronic realms, this article promulgates vibrant matter as artistic media to sculpt creative experiences. We are glimpsing the periphery of a paradigm shift in our understanding of the world, in ways that are no longer static but dynamic, where change is ubiquitous but never predetermined. Wearable tangible interfaces are central to the shift that will profoundly affect the way we interact in societies of the future. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.
Actants, Art, Blinklifier, Critical design, Design, Embodied knowledge, Entropy, Feedback loops, Flat ontology, Haptic interface, Human technogenesis, Object, Onticology, Reciprocity, Reverse predictive practices, Snoothood, Systems thinking, Vibrant matter, Wearables, Wearables Lab
Source Publication Title
Design, user experience, and usability. User experience design for everyday life applications and services: Third international conference, Duxu 2014, held as part of HCI international 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, proceedings, part iii
Springer International Publishing
Link to Publisher's Edition
Flanagan, Patricia J.. "A vibrant evolution: From wearable devices to objects as mediators of experience." Design, user experience, and usability. User experience design for everyday life applications and services: Third international conference, Duxu 2014, held as part of HCI international 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, proceedings, part iii (2014): 675-686.