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Unpacking Non-Dualistic Design: The Soma Design Case

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  • K. Höök
  • S. Benford
  • P. Tennent
  • V. Tsaknaki
  • M. Alfaras
  • J.M. Avila
  • C. Li
  • J. Marshall
  • C.D. Roquet
  • P. Sanches
  • A. Ståhl
  • M. Umair
  • C. Windlin
  • F. Zhou
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Article number40
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/12/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number6
Volume28
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)1-36
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date15/11/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

We report on a somaesthetic design workshop and the subsequent analytical work aiming to demystify what is entailed in a non-dualistic design stance on embodied interaction and why a first-person engagement is crucial to its unfoldings. However, as we will uncover through a detailed account of our process, these first-person engagements are deeply entangled with second- and third-person perspectives, sometimes even overlapping. The analysis furthermore reveals some strategies for bridging the body-mind divide by attending to our inner universe and dissolving or traversing dichotomies between inside and outside; individual and social; body and technology. By detailing the creative process, we show how soma design becomes a process of designing with and through kinesthetic experience, in turn letting us confront several dualisms that run like fault lines through HCI's engagement with embodied interaction.