Ethnography considered useful : situating criticality

Morrison, Ann, Viller, Stephen, & Mitchell, Peta (2010) Ethnography considered useful : situating criticality. In OZCHI '10 Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of Australia on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, 22-26 November 2010, pp. 184-187.

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Increasingly the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and art are intersecting. Interactive artworks are being evaluated by HCI methods and artworks are being created that employ and repurpose technology for interactive environments. In this paper we steer a path between empirical and critical–theoretical traditions, and discuss HCI research and art works that also span this divide. We address concerns about ‘new’ ethnography raised by Crabtree et al. (2009) in “Ethnography Considered Harmful”, a critical essay that positions ethnographic and critical-theoretical views at odds with each other. We propose a mediated view for understanding interactions within open-ended interactive artworks that values both perspectives as we navigate boundaries between art practice and HCI.

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ID Code: 69226
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Classified as E1 for 2011 HERDC
Keywords: Ethnomethodology, Situated action, Interactive art, Interaction design
DOI: 10.1145/1952222.1952261
ISBN: 9781450305020
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the author(s) and CHISIG
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 00:06
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 22:41

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