FIRST CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
AESTHETIC APPROACHES TO HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
One-day Workshop at NordiCHI'04
Tampere, Finland, 23-27 October 2004
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
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?
- 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.
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.
Between 8 and 25 participants from academia and
industry, selected among submitters of position
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
Deadline for submissions: August 15.
Notification to authors: August 25.
Workshop: 24 October.
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)
For more information please refer to http://www.daimi.au.dk/~olavb/hciaest2004