DIS2020

More than Human Centred Design

Performance and Design Exhibition

Ghosts in the Smart Home

Joseph Lindley, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
Adrian Gradinar, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
Paul Coulton, Lancaster Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
Paper available at the ACM digital library

We are in the midst of a “post-anthropocentric” turn in design, research and technology. The term refers to a renewed interest in a wide range of concepts, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies. Ghosts in the Smart Home is a post-anthropocentric experiment which manifests as a film whose cast of characters are all internet connected “smart” devices. The motivation is to prototype and establish new ways to see, to be, and to know, which respond to the 21st century’s complex socio-technical systems.