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Repurposing Bits and Pieces of the Digital
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Mobile Life)
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Mobile Life)
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2015 (English)In: 34TH ANNUAL CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS, CHI 2016, ACM Digital Library, 2015, 840-851 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Repurposing refers to a broad set of practices, such as recycling or upcycling, all aiming to make better use of or give new life to physical materials and artefacts. While these practices have an obvious interest regarding sustainability issues, they also bring about unique aesthetics and values that may inspire design beyond sustainability concerns. What if we can harness these qualities in digital materials? We introduce Delete by Haiku, an application that transforms old mobile text messages into haiku poems. We elaborate on how the principles of repurposing - working on a low budget, introducing chance and combining the original values with the new ones - can inform interaction design in evoking some of these aesthetic values. This approach changes our views on what constitutes "digital materials" and the opportunities they offer. We also connect recent debates concerning ownership of data with discussions in the arts on the "Death of the Author."

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ACM Digital Library, 2015. 840-851 p.
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Repurposing, Reuse, Recycling, Upcycling Design, Digital Upcycling, Aesthetics of Deletion, Interaction Design, Interactive Arts
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192797DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858297ISI: 000380532900073ISBN: 978-1-4503-3362-7OAI: diva2:974485
34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI4GOOD), MAY 07-12, 2016, San Jose, CA

QC 20160926

Available from: 2016-09-26 Created: 2016-09-20 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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