Research Group Systems
Location: CLT 701
Date/Time: 14th January 2012, 14:00 - 15:00
Speaker: Rachel Clarke, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University.
The growth of DIY culture and collective making and sharing in design and technology has been described as having the potential to provide greater participation and empowerment in the creation of more personalized technology. There is however, little research that considers the potential of such practices in supporting people not already engaged in these digital practices over sustained periods of time and how such platforms actually support participation. My current work with a women’s centre in northern England is exploring how such platforms and participatory methods can be used as both a resource for design inquiry and a resource for personal growth for participants involved. The centre supports Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women in gaining economic and intellectual independence, providing a holistic approach through formal courses, training and one to one advice. Through working with practitioners and delivering arts, crafts and digital storytelling sessions at the centre, I am working with women to make individual technology prototypes, which encourage reflection on and sharing of their own life experiences.
Published: 14th January 2012