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

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages146-164
Number of pages19
JournalAlphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019

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Keywords

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

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