Taking Design Games Seriously : Re-connecting Situated Power Relations of People and Materials

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Taking Design Games Seriously : Re-connecting Situated Power Relations of People and Materials
Author(s) Eriksen, Mette Agger ; Brandt, Eva ; Mattelmäki, Tuuli ; Vaajakallio, Kirsikka
Date 2014
Editor(s) Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike; D'Andrea, Vincenzo; Iversen, Ole Sejer
English abstract
Using design games at Participatory Design (PD) events is well acknowledged as a fruitful way of staging participation. As PD researchers, we have many such experiences, and we have argued that design games connect participants and promote equalizing power relations. However, in this paper, we will (self) critically re-connect and reflect on how people (humans) and materials (non-humans) continually participate and intertwine in various power relations in design game situations. The analysis is of detailed situated actions with one of our recent games, UrbanTransition. Core concepts mainly from Bruno Latour’s work on Actor-Network-Theory are applied. The aim is to take design games seriously by e.g. exploring how assemblages of humans and non-humans are intertwined in tacitly-but-tactically staging participa- tion, and opening up for or hindering negotiations and decision-making, thus starting to relate research on various PD techniques and power issues more directly.
Swedish abstract
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Link http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2661435.2661447 (external link to publication)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2661435.2661447 (external link to publication)
Publisher ACM Digital Library
Host/Issue PDC '14 Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers;i
ISBN 978-1-4503-2256-0
Pages 101-110
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Design games
Actor-Network-Theory
Participation and innovation
Situated power relations of humans and non-humans
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Note 13th Participatory Design Conference (PDC'14) Wiendhoek, Namibia 6.-10. Oct. 2014
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18305 (link to this page)
Link http://www.pdc2014.org (external link to related web page)

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