Disruptive Improvisation: Making Use of Non-Deterministic Art Practices in HCI

an ACM CHI 2018 Workshop
Saturday, April 21 2018
9:00 – 17:00, Room 518B
Montreal, Canada

The goal of this one-day workshop is to open space for disruptive techniques and strategies to be used in the making, prototyping, and conceptualizations of the artifacts and systems developed and imagined within HCI. Specifically, this workshop draws on strategies from art, speculative design, and activism, as we aim to productively “trouble” the design processes behind HCI. We frame these explorations as “disruptive improvisations” — tactics artists and designers use to make the familiar strange or creatively problematize in order to foster new insights. The workshop invites participants to inquire through making and take up key themes as starting points to develop disruptive improvisations for design. These include modesty, scarcity, uselessness, no-technology, and failure. The workshop will produce a zine workbook or pamphlet to be distributed during the conference to bring visibility to the role these tactics of making in a creative design practices.  HP will be providing us with portable photo printers, cameras, and printing media to assist in the documentation and production of our workbook.

Andy Boucher, Annuska Zolyomi, Audrey Desjardins, William Gaver, Cally Gatehouse, Chris Berthelsen, Claire Renee Mikalauskas, Dan Lockton, Daniela Rosner, Doenja Oogjes, Ida Toft, James Pierce, Jasper O’Leary, Jean-Rene Leblanc, Jennifer Weiler, Joanna Berzowska, Kath Blair, Kristina Anderson, Laura Devendorf, Lora Oehlberg, Marc Schmalz, Melissa Liu, Nida Abdullah, Rafael Ballagas, Ron Wakkary, Sarthak Ghosh, Stacey KuznetsovTroy Nachtigall, Xin Cheng