This workshop draws from Fluxus (and broader traditions of Conceptual, Process, and Performance art) to explore tactics for disruption within the prototyping process in design research/HCI. As such, we ask each participant to generate a “disruptive improvisation” that all participants can enact and reflect upon during the workshop. This improvisation should be able to be performed quickly and the participant should bring all materials required to complete the assignment. These should take the form of a set of instructions, recipes, or “event scores” for an activity that results in the production of a particular material thing and/or experience. The resulting things and/or experiences should speak in some way to the workshop themes of modesty, scarcity, uselessness, no-technology, and failure. We ask participants to take inspiration from the following (non-exhaustive) list of artworks and articles:
- Allison Knowles, The Identical Lunch. 1974
- George Brecht. Two Exercises. 1961
- George Brecht. Games and Puzzles (Name Kit) from Fluxkit. 1965
- La Monte Young. Composition 1960 #10 for Bob Morris. 1960
- Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Touch Sanitation Performance. 1979
- Stanley Brouwn, This way Brouwn. 1964
- Yoko Ono. Tunafish Sandwich Piece. 1964.
- Yvonne Rainer, No Manifesto, 1965
- An Anthology of Chance Operations. 1970.
- A Book of Surrealist Games. 1995.
- Hans Ulrich Obrist. Do It: The Compendium. 2013.
- Yoko Ono. Grapefruit. 1964.
- Art Assignment Bot
- Erwin Wurm. One Minute Sculptures. 1998-2017.
- Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher: Learning to Love You More
- Ken Friedman, The Fluxus Reader. 1998
- Natilee Harren. The Crux of Fluxus: Intermedia, Rear-guard. Walker Art Center, Art Expanded, 1958-1978.
The tactics for disruptive improvisation will be documented and distributed at CHI 2018 as a zine/workbook. Our concept for the workbook will draw from independent publications that have sought to bring in new perspectives to their respective fields such as:
- Allison Knowles, Journal of the Identical Lunch. 1973
- Ant Farm, Inflatocookbook. 1971
- Beryl Korot, Phyllis Gershuny, and Ira Schneider, Radical Software, 1970
- Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, A Users Guide to Demanding the Impossible. 2010
- FEMINIST HACKERSPACES: Hacking Culture, Not Devices