Designing For Homo Explorens: Open Social Play in Performative Frames.

Mads Hobye

PhD diss., Malmö University (March 2014)

Designing for Homo Explorens is a compositional design perspective within interaction design academia. It extends the Homo Ludens view of humans as playful creatures with the perspective of exploratory interaction. It focuses on socially exploratory interaction between participants mediated through designed artifacts. In the form of a Manifesto, four aspects are introduced which highlight important design dimensions to consider in Designing for Homo Explorens. The four aspects of the Manifesto are concerned with creating exploration through internal complexity, experiential exploration through full-body interaction, social playfulness through distortions of situated norms and a frame for performative interactions. The insights in the four aspects come from knowledge gained through experimenting with twelve working prototypes in real-life contexts, combined with contemporary streams of theory regarding ambiguity, somaesthetics, norms, situatedness and performativity.

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I will be defending his dissertation Designing for Homo Explorens, which focuses on socially exploratory interaction between participants mediated through designed artifacts.

Date and time: Friday, March 28, at 13:15, 2014

Location: Ground-floor Auditorium of Ubåtshallen, Malmö University

Opponent: Professor Bill Gaver, Goldsmiths, London

Open Access: http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16510

Keywords: interaction design, homo explorens, internal complexity, experiential exploration, performative interactions, prototyping