CHI 2011 Workshop: The user in flux

CHI 2011 Workshop:
The user in flux: bringing HCI and digital arts together to interrogate shifting roles in interactive media
Vancouver Convention Centre, British Columbia, Canada May 7th and 8th 2011

When interacting with digital media, people are no longer simply users.

They actively shift between various roles: author, collaborator, and even performer.  We coin the term “user in flux” to problematize static definitions of “the user” and highlight how roles and practices switch and evolve when people engage in such interactions.

The goal of this two-day workshop is to use interactive art as a platform to investigate how the concept of “user in flux” can be defined, considered, and targeted when designing for a participatory medium.  To encourage a multi-perspective dialogue we invite submissions from:
a) HCI researchers (from the CHI design, and user experience communities)
b) performers and artists who craft participatory content
c) media theorists exploring the role of the user in the digital world
d) hardware and software engineers who develop the technologies that facilitate nuanced and intuitive interaction

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
– Approaches to understand the user in flux
– Concepts to articulate the practices and roles of a user in flux
– Technology design that could better support such users

=== Workshop Format and Submissions ===
The workshop is seeking two types of contribution. Applicants can submit one or more of the following:
1.    a two-page position paper describing approaches to understanding or designing for the user in flux
2.    a documented video or recording of performances that engage the public in collaborative, participatory interaction

All submissions should be prepared according to the standard HCI Archive format. (

Selected art submissions as well as invited works will be presented during a curated evening exhibition and performance and used as case studies and inspiration to frame the discussions.  At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

January 14, 2011:       Submission Deadline
February 11, 2011:      Author Notification
May 7 and 8, 2011:      Workshop in Vancouver, Canada

Submission and contact to Tuck Leong:

=== Organizers ===
Tuck Wah Leong (Culture Lab, Newcastle University) Lalya Gaye (Culture Lab, Newcastle University) Atau Tanaka (Culture Lab, Newcastle University) Robyn Taylor (Advanced Man-Machine Interface Laboratory, University of  Alberta) Peter Wright (Culture Lab, Newcastle University)

About UUID

UUID (Universal Usability and Interaction Design) SIG at Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia.
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