On Speculative Enactments

Christopher Elsden, David Chatting, Abigail Durrant, Andrew Garbett, Bettina Nissen, John Vines, David Kirk

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Speculative Enactments are a novel approach to speculative design research with participants. They invite the empirical analysis of participants acting amidst speculative but consequential circumstances. HCI as a broadly pragmatic, experience-centered, and participant-focused field is well placed to innovate methods that invite first-hand interaction and experience with speculative design projects. We discuss three case studies of this approach in practice, based on our own work: Runner Spotters, Metadating and a Quantified Wedding. In distinguishing Speculative Enactments we offer not just practical guidelines, but a set of conceptual resources for researchers and practitioners to critique the different contributions that speculative approaches can make to HCI discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '17
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4655-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017
EventACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) - Denver
Duration: 6 May 2017 → …


ConferenceACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017)
Period6/05/17 → …


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