Chuck into the deep end

Essay by by Pavel Okopnyi Body and mind, intentionality, instruments and tools, consciousness, perception, phenomenal field, phenomenal body, and many others. Reading Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” [1] (as well as any philosophical work, to be honest) resembles a ‘sink-or-swim’ exercise in a sense that the unprepared reader chokes with words, terms and concepts, as well…

Website design ‘talking back’

Laura Wiegland Introduction In his paper ‘Designing as Reflective Conversation with the Materials of a Design Situation’ [01] Donald A. Schon describes the process of design as a “reflective conversation” with a material design situation. He uses examples from architecture, where designers actively shape a “design world” by exploring and experimenting with given design inputs.…

Ready-to-hand and disappearing technology

Salah Mohammedsalih “Ready-to-hand” (zuhanden) and “present-at-hand” (vorhanden) are concept introduced by Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) in his famous book Being and Time (1927). Heidegger considers these as ways to explains the way we encounter the world and act through it. By ‘ready to hand’ Heidegger describes how a tool “equipment” becomes invisible in the background of the work…

The ready-to-hand bicycle

Moa Sävenryd Have you ever given any thought into how artefacts you use in your everyday life seems to fade away in your subconscious as you use them? Furthermore, do you sometimes contemplate over the first time you used them and the difference in your behaviour towards them then compared to now when you use…

Holism, and Human-Whatsoever-Interaction

Pavel Okopnyi In this essay, inspired by first few chapters of “Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction” by Paul Dourish [1] I will discuss two topics: “what is HCI really about” and “ubiquitous computing”. When speaking about Human-Computer Interaction, the most intriguing question in my opinion would be “what is a computer,…

The embodied boarding pass

Juulia Enqvist Social approaches are becoming more and more important in computing according to Dourish. An individual act in an environment and there is no possibility to separate this individual from the environment, which means that the environment and surroundings have to be taken into consideration. As Dourish explained, interaction highly depends on the setting…

Welcome!

  Welcome to the public blog for the Embodied Interaction course. This is a master level course corresponding to 15 ECTS credits, which is organized by the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University. The blog publishes selected essays by students from current and previous years, as well as some examples of student projects from previous years.…