Clustering and Unclustering: Understanding dialogic potential in design for Ongoingness

Josh South, Jayne Wallace, Trevor Duncan, Luís P. Carvalho, Linnea Iris Groot, Nantia Koulidou, Kyle Montague

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We describe three design works from a research through design project seeking to develop new ways to curate and create digital media to support ongoingness - a form of continuing bonds in bereavement that prioritises the present and an ongoing, positive relationship with the deceased. We use the three pieces in this paper as lenses to view how dialogic potential is at play within each piece - drawing on aspects of dialogism, a Bakhtinian theory, to do so. Our aim is that by sharing the work and blending the particular theoretical perspective of dialogism with experiential and design aspects of the pieces we offer up a rich design space and new ways to conceive of design and digital technologies in the context of bereavement and death.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '21
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Interactive Systems Conference 2021
EditorsWendy Ju, Lora Oehlberg, Sean Follmer, Sarah Fox, Stacey Kuznetsov
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450384766
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021
EventACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2021) conference: “Nowhere and Everywhere” -
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameDesigning Interactive Systems Conference 2021


ConferenceACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2021) conference
Abbreviated titleDIS2021
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