Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 3pm
CNM Meeting Room, AS6, #03-33
This presentation explores the contributions of interaction design as research practice to the discourse of sustainability. The central question that guides the discussion is how to design interaction that supports and enhances local and socio-environmental resources for sustainable social change. The interaction design process is positioned as artful inquiry into situations of uncertainty, grounded in reflection-as-action, and usefully enriched in an intercultural context. Sustainability as an ‘art of being different’ and the role of the artist-designer as change agent is discussed with examples from art and design practice.
Aleksandra Dulic is Director of Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT) and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at University of British Columbia. As an artist-scholar with expertise in interaction and experience design, Aleksandra’s work is focused on media for social change, cross-cultural media and computational poetics. As a Director of the CCT, she leads an interdisciplinary research team that engages multiple forms of art, design, media and information technologies as vehicles for the expression of community, culture, and identity. She has managed several interdisciplinary research projects and secured Canadian federal and provincial funding for these projects. She has created a number of large-scale dynamic installations and multimedia projects. Her work includes interactive computer installations, games, animated media performances, software tools for interactive media, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with artists and scientist in various disciplines. She is active as a curator, a writer, an educator, teaching courses, presenting and publishing papers, across North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.