Exploring Speculative Methods: Building Artifacts To Explore ‘Inter-Species Inter-Subjective Subjectivity’

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Abstract

This paper explores approaches to propagating interspecies understanding and explores the most appropriate ways to investigate the topic as a form of Research. The paper addresses making, or Research through Design, as a more appropriate research method to generate new knowledge around interspecies embodied experience and help audiences explore what it might be like to be a nonhuman animal than more traditional forms of Research and Scholarship. This paper will present a range of approaches to exploring interspecies understanding and then situates this knowledge in context of a series of prototypes and design artifacts which constitute the body of work ‘Equine Eyes’. The artifact consists of a mixed-reality headset, which uses immersive technology to help the user adopt the 'point of view' of a horse. The work and the knowledge are experiential in that it requires the audience to wear the headset which simulates horse-like vision to explore how tacit knowledge can be explored through making. The project adopts a Research through Design (RtD) method to explore how Speculative Design artifacts, and play, can be utilized to help foster inter-species thinking and understanding and generate new speculative methods for inter-species design practice. The project emphasizes the importance of developing usable speculative design artifacts that can be experienced by users to enact the speculation as an embodied experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-164
Number of pages19
JournalAlphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Research through Design
  • Interspecies
  • Empathy
  • Methodology
  • Speculative Design

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