Enrique Encinas
IxD + Design Research

Metaprobes


2016-2020


Design + Artifact:
︎Interactive Device
︎Design Fictions
Research:
︎Fiction and Design
Talk:
︎CHI 2020
︎CHI 2016
︎RTD 2017


Metaprobes are a way to make philosophical concepts relevant to IxD more accessible and workable for designers.
A Metaprobe is a design artifact used to study a metaphysical idea without concealing the philosophical tools mobilized by the designers or the designerly knowledge attained after de- ployment.
I designed two metaprobes, the Dreamcatchers, to understand the ontological nature of fictional objects in design. One is a set of design fictions in the form of a scientific paper for an IxD conference. The paper could be read as a thought experiment. A “what if” that alters the coordinates of reality and dwells on its implications. The other was a speculative artifact that would produce poetic verses as if belonging to the dreams of the participant. Unbeknownst to the participants themselves, these poems would be the result of a basic generative software algorithm that captured publicly available information from them in various websites (like Facebook, Twitter or their personal sites) and arranged it in poetic form.

The Digital Dreamcatcher was exhibited in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Text:
︎ Enrique Encinas , Mark Blythe, The Solution Printer: Magic Realist Design Fiction, Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 07-12, 2016, Santa Clara, California, US [doi>10.1145/2851581.2892589]


︎ What’s the Matter with [in] Design Fiction? E Encinas, T Dylan, R Mitchell - 3rd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, 2017




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