Ting: Making publics through provocation, conflict and appropriation

Karin Hansson, Jaz Hee Jeong Choi, Tessy Cerratto Pargman, Shaowen Bardzell, Laura Forlano, Carl DiSalvo, Silvia Lindtner, Somya Joshi

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In Swedish the word "ting" has different meanings. It can mean "things", "matters" and "a session at court" as well as the act of appropriating space. This one-day workshop starts in the notion of the artifact as a "ting", and design as something that raises a question, provokes a discussion, and creates a public through which agonistic encounters occur. This particular lens allows us to approach design beyond 'merely producing artifacts'. Instead, we come to see it as a production of provocations, speculations, and alternative interpretations of the social world as well as new sets of relationships between participants in this public. Because of the importance of the role and embodiment of the designer/artist in making publics, this workshop calls attention to self-reflective practices in participatory design, and questions how these practices can be embedded in the functionality of new publics and design practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPDC 2016
Subtitle of host publicationParticipatory Design in an Era of Participation - Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference; Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops
EditorsAnne Marie Kanstrup, John Vines, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Rachel Charlotte Smith, Keld Bodker, Claus Bossen
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450341363
StatePublished - Aug 15 2016
Event14th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2016 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Aug 15 2016Aug 19 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference14th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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