Rhythms of the domestic soundscape: Ethnomethodological soundwalks for phatic technology design

Baharin, Hanif, Rintel, Sean and Viller, Stephen (2013). Rhythms of the domestic soundscape: Ethnomethodological soundwalks for phatic technology design. In: Paula Kotze, Gary Marsden, Gitte Lindgaard, Janet Wesson and Marco Winckler, Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013 - 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings. 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, (463-470). 2 - 6 September 2013. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_36


Author Baharin, Hanif
Rintel, Sean
Viller, Stephen
Title of paper Rhythms of the domestic soundscape: Ethnomethodological soundwalks for phatic technology design
Conference name 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013
Conference location Cape Town, South Africa
Conference dates 2 - 6 September 2013
Proceedings title Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013 - 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Lecture Notes in Computer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_36
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9783642404979
9783642404986
ISSN 0302-9743
1611-3349
Editor Paula Kotze
Gary Marsden
Gitte Lindgaard
Janet Wesson
Marco Winckler
Volume 8120
Issue PART 4
Start page 463
End page 470
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The importance of the domestic soundscape as a context for technological interventions has received little attention in HCI research. In this paper, we discuss how an ethnomethodological soundwalk method facilitated design principles for a phatic technology probe for seniors living alone. Taking soundscape concepts as a starting point, we suggest that the soundwalk works much like a breaching experiment, changing the participant's role in engaging with their soundscape from reactive automatic agent to proactive reflective agent. This enables participants to reveal their own systematic orderliness when accounting for everyday sounds. We find that sounds are accounted for in terms of people placed in narratives. As such, we argue that phatic technologies use new sounds and rhythms to augment the domestic soundscape to take advantage of people's abilities to create social narratives from limited cues.
Subjects 1700 Computer Science
2614 Theoretical Computer Science
Keyword Breaching experiment
Domestic soundscape
Ethnomethodology
Soundscape study
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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