The ethical implications of HCI’s turn to the cultural

Benford, Steve and Greenhalgh, Chris and Anderson, Bob and Jacobs, Rachel and Golembewski, Michael and Jirotka, Marina and Stahl, Bernd Carsten and Timmermans, Job and Giannachi, Gabriella and Adams, Matt and Row Farr, Ju and Tandavanitj, Nick and Jennings, Kirsty (2015) The ethical implications of HCI’s turn to the cultural. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 22 (5). 24/1-24/37. ISSN 1557-7325

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Abstract

We explore the ethical implications of HCI’s turn to the ‘cultural’. This is motivated by an awareness of how cultural applications, in our case interactive performances, raise ethical issues that may challenge established research ethics processes. We review research ethics, HCI’s engagement with ethics and the ethics of theatrical performance. Following an approach grounded in Responsible Research Innovation, we present the findings from a workshop in which artists, curators, commissioners, and researchers explored ethical challenges revealed by four case studies. We identify six ethical challenges for HCI’s engagement with cultural applications: transgression, boundaries, consent, withdrawal, data, and integrity. We discuss two broader implications of these: managing tensions between multiple overlapping ethical frames; and the importance of managing ethical challenges during and after an experience as well as beforehand. Finally, we discuss how our findings extend previous discussions of Value Sensitive Design in HCI.

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Additional Information: © ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, v. 22, no. 5, August 2015. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2775107
Keywords: Art, performance, ethics, uncomfortable interactions, discomfort, con- sent, withdrawal, boundaries, transgression, integrity, Blast Theory, Active Ingredient, Urban Angel, Thrill Laboratory, research in the wild
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1145/2775107
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Depositing User: Benford, Steve
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 08:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29886

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