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Andreas Broeckmann on 26 Feb 2001 12:12:26 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Cultural usability seminar at UIAH, April

Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 10:25:20 +0200
From: Minna Tarkka <tarkka {AT} uiah.fi>

Preliminary announcement

Cultural Usability seminar
LUME Center, Leonia auditorium
April 24, 2001 10 am - 5 pm

Cultural Usability is a preliminary research project funded by the
University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH and carried out at the
university's Media Lab. The research looks for critical approaches to
new media design by creating exchanges between cultural studies,
sociology of technology, design research and technology development.

'Cultural usability' is a working hypothesis for a design practice
that takes into account the larger socio-cultural context of use,
reaching beyond the functional interests of contemporary usability
research and interface development.

The public seminar presents some of the approaches developed within
the research, which will also be published on the web by April 15,
2001. The aim is to activate critical discussion of technology
development and design, to which the seminar's invited speakers have
significantly contributed.

The seminar is targeted to researchers, students and practitioners of
new media and technology. Admission free of charge.

Preliminary programme

10-10.30  Opening
Yrjö Sotamaa, rector, University of Art and Design, Welcome
Minna Tarkka, professor, UIAH Media Lab, Introduction - towards
critical design practice

10.30-13 Keynotes
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, Located accountabilities in
technology production
Kari Kuutti, Oulu University,  Hunting for the lost user
Pelle Ehn, Malmö University, The collective designer
Richard Coyne, University of Edinburgh, Computers, philosophies, practices


14-15.30  Presentation of the Cultural Usability project
Minna Tarkka, Discourse and rhetoric in interactive media design
Heidi Tikka, Affective environments: boundary breakdowns in art and
interface design
Online report: demos, cases, research issues presented by the
Cultural Usability group

Coffee break

15.45-17  Commentaries and discussion
Commentaries (Mika Pantzar, Helsinki School of Economics and Business
Administration; Jaakko Virtanen & Yrjö Engeström, Helsinki
University; Tapio Mäkelä, Turku University; Anna-Maija Ylimaula,
University of Art and Design Helsinki)

Minna Tarkka
Professor, Interactive and multimedia communication
(on research leave starting 10/2000)
Media Lab, University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH
Hameentie 135 C, FIN-00560, Helsinki, Finland
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