FUTURE MACHINE: Making Myths & Designing Technology for a Responsible Future: Making Myths and Entanglement: Community engagement at the edge of participatory design and user experience

This paper explores the unique methods and strategies employed by a team of artists, in collaboration with engineers, programmers, a climate scientist, researchers and members of the public, who have come together to create the Future Machine, with the aim to continue this longitudinal project for 30 years. We explore the process of designing Future Machine – the provenance and sustainability of the materials, the participatory design process, how Future Machine's interactivity is evolving over time and how the technology might be sustained for 30 years. We investigate the role that Future Machine plays in engaging the human populations across these diverse places, exploring how the artists used strategies of entanglement and myth-making to support the interactions between the ecologies, technologies, non-human inhabitants, narratives and neighbourly relations that are emerging as the project evolves over time. In conclusion we propose that the artist strategies of entanglement and encouraging myth-making reveal new approaches to experiential design. We propose that these strategies provide opportunities to open up a set of disruptive/radical/novel design challenges for HCI, that encourage sustainable and positive forms of interactions for a world increasingly impacted by anthropogenic climate and environmental change


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Authors: Jacobs, Rachel, Spence, Jocelyn, Abbott, Frank, Chamberlain, Alan, Heim, Wallace, Yemaoua Dayo, Alexandre, Kemp, David, Benford, Steve, Price, Dominic, Shackford, Robin, Robson, Juliet, Locke, Caroline, King, John ORCIDORCID record for John King

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2 November, 2023
Mindtrek '23: Proceedings of the 26th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
381pp / 108-118
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