Research on Techno-Sexuality Accepted at NordiCHI 2012

Three members of the CRIT team – Gopinaath Kannabiran, Shaowen Bardzell, and Jeffrey Bardzell, have a full paper accepted to NordiCHI 2012, the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction that is to be held at Copenhagen on October 14-17, 2012. The work is titled “Designing (for) Desire: A critical study of technosexuality in HCI” and the abstract is as follows:

“This work builds upon recent work investigating erotic life and HCI, taking seriously the influences of interaction design on our sexual wellbeing. In the present work, we critically analyze the ways that system design choices and emergent social behavior constitute an erotic social media platform and its concomitant expressions of desire. The site is called I Just Made Love, and it is used to share people’s “love making” experience with others. We draw from continental cultural theory to analyze how the system and its users form arrangements of agency, which in turn lead to particular configurations of performed sexual desire. Based on our analysis, we argue that technosexuality is not just about using technology to fulfill an existing desire, but rather that novel forms of sexual desire come into practice because of particular constellations of design choices and social behaviors.”

The work will be available for download in the ACM Digital Library after the conference.