We ran a one day workshop, as part of the CHI 2014 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, Toronto, Canada, 26th April 2014.
The workshop reflected current and growing interests in studying and working with alternative approaches to participation in socially engaged research with individuals and communities. Furthermore the workshop helped to build on recent literature that critically reflects on participation and making practices in HCI.
1. How socially engaged arts practitioners and researchers critically and conceptually frame their relationships, while practically engaging people in debates on societal issues around digital technology?
2. What methods and materials are used to compliment, challenge and experiment with existing ideas of participation, digital interaction and collaboration in socially engaged research?
3. How are socio-technical making practices configured ethically and pragmatically when engaging with people in both critical and convivial processes?
4. How can socially engaged arts practice inform the design and development of interactive systems?
09:00- 09:30 Welcome and introductions
09:30 – 11:00 Individuals present current work in small groups
11:00- 11:30 Coffee break
11:30- 13:00 Groups connect and share socially engaged arts and HCI sensibilities, tensions and future potential
13:00- 14:15 Lunch: Including walk to Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University)
15:15 – 16:00 Coffee break (including walk back to Conference Centre)
16:00 – 17:00 Group proposals for socially engaged arts and technology action
17:00 – 17:30 Group presentations and discussion
17.30- 18:00 Summary & future agenda
18:00 Dinner & drinks at Bangkok Garden
21:00 In the Air, Tonight, Showcase by Maggie Chan, Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo & Robert Tu at Ryerson University
What’s next?: Our current plans are to write an article on the workshop for ACM’s Interactions magazine and look at the possibility of an e-zine to bring together some of the writing and ideas that came out of the workshop.
We’ll continue to develop and update the website to reflect the workshop outcomes and make workshop materials available to the CHI community. We will also continue to use this web page as a basis for discussion and community building activities and we will feed relevant insights into the growing body of activity around the new ‘Making Cultures’ CHI community spotlight. We’re also looking at writing a paper for a conference or journal submission on the workshop theme.