The landscape's apprentice: lessons for place-centred design from grounding documentary

Bidwell, Nicola J., Standley, Peta-Marie, George, Tommy, and Steffensen, Victor (2008) The landscape's apprentice: lessons for place-centred design from grounding documentary. In: Proceedings of the 7th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. pp. 88-98. From: 7th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 25-27 February 2008, Cape Town, South Africa.

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We propose that grounding documentaries can help designers to respond to non-western, non-urban spatial infrastructures. We describe locally-produced, in vivo video methods developed by indigenous Elders in Australia to persist and transfer their Traditional Knowledge and the specific use-case of a documentary on fire. The culturally-situated nature of the documentary exposes subtleties in a dialectic between models of space. The ontology embedded in the methods, and expressed by the documentary, has a spatiality and a belonging to place that profoundly differs from that typifying HCI’s urban focus and many video methods used by designers to understand useage contexts. Grass-roots driven documentaries ground subsequent design by engaging designers in otherwise inaccessible truths about remote places, partly through the designer’s sense of their own felt-life. The fire documentary reveals many general insights for design, such as the need to escape a singularly anthropocentric spatio-temporal approach in order to respond to the plurality of user experience.

Item ID: 7771
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-60558-002-9
Keywords: design; human factors; theory; video; spatiality; habitus; indexicality; felt-life; indegenous people; tradional knowledge; fire; conservation; rural
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 03:44
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 25%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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