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### Let’s have a break! At TEI 2015 ###

Un-Crafting: Exploring Tangible Practices for Deconstruction in Interactive System Design
2-days Studio Workshop at TEI 2015 - January 15th and 16th, 2015, Stanford


*** Call for Participation ***

This studio workshop brings together design researchers and practitioners to ***break*** various interactive artifacts.

With this studio-workshop we aim to explore and debate how disassembling computational things can yield a potential for design practices. We believe there are significant qualities to be found in extending the mundane ‘taking things apart’ into an elaborate practice of 'un-crafting'. The studio workshop comprises a series of collaborative disassembly activities with the aim of beginning to identify the key qualities and issues at stake. We also hope to have a diverse crowd, whose interdisciplinary viewpoints will enable us to ground an un-crafting practice in a diverse set of contexts.

We will take apart devices, aiming to shed light on this very specific tangible practice we unconsciously incorporate in manifold making activities. Finally, we will create artifacts that repurpose or reinterpret material, functions and expressions derived from taking apart and dissecting interactive technology. 
The studio workshop’s objective is to explore and debate how un-crafting is a tangible practice that fosters reflection, imagination, creativity and innovation and might be beneficial in TEI research and design.

Submissions are invited on the following topics (but are not limited to):
- Proposals for new ways un-crafting can foster imagination, creativity, and innovation.
- Proposals for methods and techniques to un-craft digital artifacts (e.g. inspired by un-crafting mechanical artifacts)
- Proposals for areas and contexts where un-crafting can be applied (e.g. for teaching)
- Theoretical contributions concerning un-crafting (e.g. in relation to constructionist learning, reflective practices, or maker cultures)


*** Submissions ***

Workshop candidates are invited to submit a “position paper / statement of interest” of 2-4 pages (in the ACM extended abstract format), including the following sections:

- A position statement addressing one of the above topics
- A best practice, success story or failure; or a personal reflection on the candidate’s experience with un-crafting – not necessarily related to interactive technology
- A description of a digital artifact, embedded technology or interactive artistic piece the authors would be willing to donate to the studio workshop (risk of serious damage expected)
- A brief bio of the candidate(s), including educational background, current research, and relation to making and breaking. (We will use this for organising the workshop)

Submissions are due friday, Nov 18 (extended from Nov 14), midnight PST, via email to [log in to unmask]


*** Important Dates ***

Submission deadline: November 28
Notification of acceptance: Dec 2
Early registration deadline for TEI’15: December 5
Studio Workshop: January 15 and 16


*** Further Information ***

Please visit http://uncrafting.com/tei2015 for further information and
do not hesitate to contact us at [log in to unmask]


*** Organizers ***
Martin Murer, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria
Anna Vallgårda, IxD Lab, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mattias Jacobsson, Mobile Life @ SICS, Kista, Sweden
Manfred Tscheligi, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria

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