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Final Call for Participation: “Critical Ways of Making: Design Artefacts, De-Computation and Un-Crafting”
One day workshop to be held August 17, 2015
as part of Critical Alternatives 2015 , Aarhus, DK (

Due to multiple requests: deadline extended to June 1st.

Design processes and creative artefacts are a powerful way to explore alternative scenarios for information technology and its place in society. In this workshop, we introduce De-Computation (a critical design process) and Un-Crafting (an associated method) for generating designs. Both approaches focus on taking apart objects and artefacts, as well as their underlying assumptions, paradigms and interpretations. We invite researchers, designers, activists and practitioners from the fields of human-computer interaction, education, design, craft, DIY electronics, making, and design for activism, to explore the themes of computational thinking, design making, and critical practice. The guiding questions for the workshop are: How can de-computing and un-crafting things allow space for critical reflection about interaction design and computer technologies? How can critical design practices account for our contested and shifting relationship with information technologies? How can emerging attitudes to craft processes contribute to a new model for how artefacts are situated in the context of every day life?

This one-day workshop will take a creative, co-creation approach to the topic, encouraging collaborative exploration and allowing for surprising and playful results.

*** Topics

We invite designers, authors, researchers and craft practitioners to submit a description of relevant research, theoretical reflections, a design project, or alternative making project that addresses, explores or represents one of the following topics:

*   Approaches or artefacts that critically examine prevailing interaction paradigms and related phenomena
*   Approaches or artefacts that react against the increasing computational control of our natural, artificial and social systems
*   Novel approaches that utilize taking things apart as means to foster imagination, creativity and innovation
*   New ways of re-appropriating disassembling practices and techniques (originating from mechanical artifacts) to un-craft digital artifacts
*   Approaches in specific application areas and contexts (e.g., for teaching)
*   Theoretical contributions concerning un-crafting in its relation to notions such as constructionist learning, reflective practice or current phenomena in the realm of making cultures

*** Submission

We invite submissions that are formatted as a 
- position paper (up to 4 pages, in the ACM SIGCHI extended abstracts format ), a
- video (up to 2 minutes max., submitted as link),
OR, a
- documentation of a physical or virtual artefact.

Submissions are due June 1st 2015 (extended deadline).  Please submit your contribution to [log in to unmask]

The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and selected according to their potential to contribute to the workshop topic and to foster discussion. Notifications will be sent out on June 15th.  In order to allow participants to prepare for the workshop we seek to make all accepted contributions available on the workshop website (unless participants opt out).

*** Important Dates

June 1st, 2015: Extended Deadline for Submission of Position Papers
June 15th, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
August 17th, 2015: One-Day Workshop at Critical Alternatives 2015

*** Organizers

Martin Murer, University of Salzburg
John Fass, Royal College of Art, London
Kevin Walker, Royal College of Art, London
Anna Vallgårda, IT University of Copenhagen
Verena Fuchsberger, University of Salzburg
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg

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