[ISEA2017] Paper: Tomas Laurenzo — Politics of HCI and the User-Programmer Continum


Keywords: Politics, Users, Programmers, HCI, New Media Art.

In this paper, we propose characterising Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) as a negotiation between a specific design and its context of use. We then argue that HCI design is a political activity, and that the classification between users and programmers it commonly uses reflects a political stance, deeply rooted in its socio-political context. Finally, we propose that HCI can take inspiration from new media art’s subversive appropriation of technological knowledge.

  • Tomas Laurenzo is Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong. Tomás Laurenzo, PhD, is an artist and academic who works with both physical and digital media exploring the artistic construction of meaning and its relation with power and politics.With a background in both computer science and art, Laurenzo’s work spans across different practices and interests. His artistic production includes installations, interactive art, music, live cinema, and digital lutherie. His artworks and performances have been shown in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.Since 2014, he is Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. Laurenzo has also performed artistic and academic activities in several institutions including UDELAR, Microsoft Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Brunel University, and INRIA, among others.  laurenzo.net

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