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"It's a Bomb!" – Material Literacy and Narratives of Making
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Södertörn University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2017, p. 121-132Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses a series of events in which a discarded box found in a garbage room is examined and taken apart in the context of a makerspace. The participants' inquiry provided a rich and multifaceted experience in various settings, including puzzle-solving, exploring physical and digital materials, engaging people with different skills. The social engagements with and around the artifacts brought certain interpretative aspects to the fore. Situated acts of interpretation worked as ways of building a coherent narrative and a meaningful experience. In the paper, we highlight the relationship between on the one hand the subjects' skills and motivations to understand and make sense of the technology at hand which we call material literacy, and on the other hand the specific material qualities that encourage or trigger certain interpretations and experiences. The qualities we discuss are: opacity, risk, authenticity, uniqueness, age, and hybridity. This study allows us to reposition the contemporary understanding of makerspaces beyond that of being places for innovation and learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2017. p. 121-132
Keywords [en]
Material literacy, Experience, Taking apart, Material qualities, Maker culture
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Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149540DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025529ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149540DiVA, id: diva2:1162850
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2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, Colorado, USA, May 06 - 11, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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