Watching myselfwatching birds abjection, ecological thinking, and posthuman design

Heidi R. Biggs, Jefery Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell

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Abstract

In recent years, Sustainable HCI researchers have begun to investigate noticing as a design research method useful in eforts to decenter the human in design. Through an autoethnographic bird watching practice combining feld observation, journaling, and making practices, we examine how noticing afects us and our way of relating to birds. We found that bird watching surfaces a feeling of abjection, or a simultaneous repulsion and fascination with a part of oneself one rejects in pursuit of personal growth. Along the way, we honed a practice of attunement through deep listening and feld recording, which enabled immersive ecological experiences. We ofer (1) an account of our method and process, (2) the framework of abjection as an approach to designing amongst the complexity of human/non-human interaction, and (3) refections on how to design for ecological thinking in the push towards a posthuman design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Waves, Combining Strengths
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380966
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2021
Event10th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterisation, ICMPC 2020 - Mathura, U.P., India
Duration: Feb 21 2020Feb 23 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterisation, ICMPC 2020
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityMathura, U.P.
Period2/21/202/23/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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