Understanding heritage 'in practice'

Heritage in practiceA new forum on Interactions promotes discussion at the intersection of art, performance, culture, and heritage matters to expand the boundaries of HCI.

As designers of interactive systems, we are increasingly asked to better understand what people value. At the core is the deeper question: What does it mean to be human? Understanding what makes us human influences how we design and what we design. It also places at the center of our thinking that the world we inhabit is always changing. Who we are and what we value never stay the same.

One way to expand this understanding is to look at the stories we tell about ourselves. We craft these stories through the things we preserve and pass on: objects and practices standing in for knowledge and values that are still meaningful to us.

The Mona Lisa, the archeological site of Pompeii, the Balinese dances, but also grandma’s recipes, family photos and memorabilia, the countryside where we used to play when we were children—these are all examples of the different types of heritage we care about. It is how we participate in shaping the value of these objects and practices that is at the center of heritage studies, a growing area of research and an increasingly important field for designers.

On heritage is a forum on ACM Interactions that concerns emerging forms of technologically mediated “heritage practice,” that is, human activities around heritage objects and concerns that are supported or provoked by information and communication technologies.

The goal of the forum is to offer and promote a rich discussion at the intersection of art, performance, and culture that expands the boundaries of HCI while broadening our understanding of how things of the past come to matter in the present.

For information and submissions:
Elisa Giaccardi: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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