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Kilic Afsar, Ozgun
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Juul Sondergaard, M. L., Kilic Afsar, O., Ciolfi Felice, M., Campo Woytuk, N. & Balaam, M. (2020). Designing with Intimate Materials and Movements: Making “Menarche Bits”. In: In Proceedings of the 2020 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20): . Paper presented at DIS 2020 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. New York, NY, USA
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2020 (English)In: In Proceedings of the 2020 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20), New York, NY, USA, 2020Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 Menarche is the first occurrence of menstrual bleeding and it usually begins between the ages of 9–15. This makes menarche a crucial transition among other social, physiological and behavioural changes during puberty. In this soma-based research-through-design project we design an open-ended prototyping kit: Menarche Bits. The aim of Menarche Bits is to open a design space for young adolescents to create body-worn technologies that support them in making space for their experiences of menarche and trusting their menstruating bodies. Menarche Bits consists of heat elements and shape-changing actuators that can be worn directly on the body by adhering to the skin or being inserted into pockets in a stretchable fabric as part of a garment. We describe the soma design process behind Menarche Bits as an example of how body-worn technologies can intimately interact with the body and its movement, temporality and material changes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY, USA: , 2020
Keywords
Women’s health; soma design; research through design; menarche; shape-changing technologies; soft robotics
National Category
Interaction Technologies
Research subject
Art, Technology and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273156 (URN)10.1145/3357236.3395592 (DOI)
Conference
DIS 2020 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-05133
Note

QC 20200511

Available from: 2020-05-08 Created: 2020-05-08 Last updated: 2020-05-11Bibliographically approved
Höök, K., Eriksson, S., Juul Sondergaard, M. L., Ciolfi Felice, M., Campo Woytuk, N., Kilic Afsar, O., . . . Ståhl, A. (2019). Soma design and politics of the body addressing conceptual dichotomies through somatic engagement. In: HTTF 2019: Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019. Paper presented at 2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019; Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham; United Kingdom; 19 November 2019 through 20 November 2019. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Article ID 3363385.
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2019 (English)In: HTTF 2019: Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2019, article id 3363385Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Human reasoning often revolves around dichotomies: male-female, rational-irrational, emotion-thinking, body-mind, white-black, and so on. Through our design processes, we often repeat and reinforce these patterns. We argue that a stronger somatic engagement with the digital materials might open the design space in different manners, thereby bypassing some of these ready-made conceptualizations. Through a soma design stance we have attempted to address: dualism; feminist qualities such as pluralism and participation; addressing and counteracting privilege; and how to get closer to our bodies and our selves instead of letting data and interaction distance ourselves from our bodies, emotion, and experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2019
National Category
Interaction Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-268217 (URN)10.1145/3363384.3363385 (DOI)000525639500001 ()2-s2.0-85076815498 (Scopus ID)9781450372039 (ISBN)
Conference
2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019; Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham; United Kingdom; 19 November 2019 through 20 November 2019
Note

QC 20200406

Available from: 2020-04-06 Created: 2020-04-06 Last updated: 2020-06-03Bibliographically approved
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