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                FIRST CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

    AESTHETIC APPROACHES TO HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

              One-day Workshop at NordiCHI'04
            Tampere, Finland, 23-27 October 2004
         http://www.daimi.au.dk/~olavb/hciaest2004
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Various aesthetic approaches are getting 
increasing attention in the field of HCI. This 
development seems to have several independent 
drivers. Firstly, the never-ending paradigmatic 
crisis of the field leads HCI researchers to 
explore new theoretical foundations beyond 
information processing. Secondly, the relevant 
fields of inquiry for HCI is expanding beyond 
work arrangements to include a broader range of 
cultural settings and art forms - a cultural 
interface can be identified. Thirdly, a whole new 
set of interface problems, that cannot easily be 
solved within the current paradigms, evolve as 
everyday appliances, from kitchen equipment, over 
TV-sets, to clothes, imbed computers that we have 
to interact with directly or indirectly. HCI 
today is about art, entertainment, education, 
process control, coordination, and much more. 
Successful IT-support in most of these domains 
seems to rely on an understanding of use in 
aesthetic terms in order to account for 
experience dimensions of interaction. We have 
already seen a substantial corpus of 
contributions to HCI journals and conferences 
that address these new dimensions in aesthetic 
terms.


PURPOSE AND THEME
The purpose of this workshop is to provide a 
forum for people exploring and working with 
aesthetic approaches to HCI, addressing questions 
and issues like the following:

* What is the rationale, purpose, or utility of an aesthetic approach?
* Which concepts of, or from, aesthetics can a new approach to HCI be based on?
* What does aesthetics contribute to HCI?
           - Theoretically
           - Research methodically
           - Practically (e.g. with respect to design methods)
* What kind of domains, will benefit particularly 
from an aesthetic approach? From software art to 
safety critical systems. Specific examples of 
systems or projects particularly informed by or 
informing aesthetics are invited.


STRUCTURE OF THE WORKSHOP
Based on the submitted position papers, the day 
will be composed of thematic discussions and 
creativity stimulating games.


EXPECTED OUTCOME
The primary outcome is to stimulate development, 
debate and cooperation between researchers 
addressing aesthetic approaches to HCI. Depending 
on the quality of submissions we will aim to 
publish the results, in e.g. a special issue of a 
journal, a book, or a joint paper.


PARTICIPANTS
Between 8 and 25 participants from academia and 
industry, selected among submitters of position 
papers.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
To participate in the workshop it is necessary to 
have a position paper accepted by the organizers. 
Position papers should address the workshop 
theme, e.g. through one or more of the questions 
above. Position papers should be between 2 and 4 
pages long following the conference publication 
format.


IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for submissions: August 15.
Notification to authors: August 25.
Workshop: 24 October.


ORGANIZERS
Olav W. Bertelsen, Dept of Computer Science, University of Aarhus.
(olavb AT daimi DOT au DOT dk)

Marianne Graves Petersen, Dept of Computer Science, University of Aarhus.
(mgraves AT daimi DOT au DOT dk)

Søren Pold, Institute of Aesthetic Disciplines, University of Aarhus.
(pold AT multimedia DOT au DOT dk)


MORE INFORMATION
For more information please refer to http://www.daimi.au.dk/~olavb/hciaest2004


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