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H(EC)I – Human Ethno-Computational Interaction: (Re)Conceptualizing Wire-Bending and Design in the Trinidad Carnival.


In this position paper, I argue that a comprehensive understanding of craft-persons, the ways in which they interface with their tools, artifacts, and each other, as well as an understanding of their beliefs, can yield valuable insight to inform and demarcate this potential field of Digital Craftsmanship – specifically by (re)conceptualizing the term “digital” as one with real social, historical, and cultural dimensions, i.e. computational. I call this approach H(EC)I for Human Ethno-Computational Interaction. Using the craft of wire-bending, and design in the Trinidad Carnival as the site for my study, I demonstrate how traditional (non-digital) craft and digital practices can merge through ethnography, computation, and interaction through this approach – from culture to technology. [Link]

Keywords: H(EC)I, Human Ethno-Computational Interaction; wire-bending; Bailey-Derek Grammar; design; computational design; Trinidad Carnival, human computer interaction, HCI,

Citation - Noel, Vernelle A. A. 2016. “H(EC)I – Human Ethno-Computational Interaction: (Re)Conceptualizing Wire-Bending and Design in the Trinidad Carnival.” Digital Craftsmanship: HCI Takes on Technology as an Expressive Medium. April 20. http://digitalcraft.media.mit.edu/index.php/2016/04/20/heci-human-ethno-computational-interaction-reconceptualizing-wire-bending-and-design-in-the-trinidad-carnival/.



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