CHI 2014 Workshop

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.

See photos and current update here …

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.

Our main goal was to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to critically and practically reflect on the socio-technical tensions and generative potential of socially engaged arts within HCI. We focused on four core inter-related themes and questions:

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)

14:15- 15:15 Meet with Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University, to discuss the future of socially engaged arts and technology practice

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.