Is it art, is it HCI? Exploring tensions between practice and research

Makayla Lewis, Miriam Sturdee, Josh Urban Davis, Mafalda Gamboa, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Claire Elisabeth Ohlenschlager, William Gaver, Eli Blevis, Lian Loke

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Art has the weight of our history as a people behind it, whilst in comparison, Human-Computer Interaction is relatively young. Artistic practice is a propeller of the innovations within HCI but works in this area often focus on the user study, the interaction, or the need for empirical evaluation. The plurality and tensions in art practice clash with this focus. Arts need not define the beholder as a ’user’, but the addition of interaction and technology challenges its purpose. Aesthetics in isolation is not seen as impactful output, but as we investigate ways to bring art and HCI together, should we not focus on process and influence? This panel brings together a diverse group of artists, designers, practitioners, makers, and researchers, focusing on the challenges and variety of approaches in this space. The aim is to build dialogue to encourage a plurality of practices and creative responses in HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '23
Subtitle of host publicationextended abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAlbrecht Schmidt, Kaisa Väänänen, Tesh Goyal, Per Ola Kristensson, Anicia Peters
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978145039422
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023
EventCHI '23: CHI conference on human factors in computing systems - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


ConferenceCHI '23
Internet address


  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Sketching
  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Craft
  • Making
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Comics


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