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Accountable Artefacts: The Case of the Carolan Guitar

Benford, Steve; Hazzard, Adrian; Chamberlain, Alan; Glover, Kevin; Greenhalgh, Chris; Xu, Liming; Hoare, Michaela; Darzentas, Dimitrios

Authors

Steve Benford

Adrian Hazzard

Alan Chamberlain

Kevin Glover

Chris Greenhalgh

Liming Xu

Michaela Hoare



Abstract

We explore how physical artefacts can be connected to digital records of where they have been, who they have encountered and what has happened to them, and how this can enhance their meaning and utility. We describe how a travelling technology probe in the form of an augmented acoustic guitar engaged users in a design conversation as it visited homes, studios, gigs, workshops and lessons, and how this revealed the diversity and utility of its digital record. We describe how this record was captured and flexibly mapped to the physical guitar and proxy artefacts. We contribute a conceptual framework for accountable artefacts that articulates how multiple and complex mappings between physical artefacts and their digital records may be created, appropriated, shared and interrogated to deliver accounts of provenance and use as well as methodological reflections on technology probes.

Citation

Benford, S., Hazzard, A., Chamberlain, A., Glover, K., Greenhalgh, C., Xu, L., Hoare, M., & Darzentas, D. (2016, May). Accountable Artefacts: The Case of the Carolan Guitar. Presented at CHI'16: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, California, USA

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name CHI'16: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Start Date May 7, 2016
End Date May 12, 2016
Online Publication Date May 7, 2016
Publication Date 2016-05
Deposit Date Mar 16, 2022
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 1163-1175
Book Title CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858306
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2854980