Paul Dourish @ UX Book Club

The next Melbourne UX Book Club is Tuesday 15th February. This months book is Where the Action Is, The Foundations of Embodied Interaction, by Paul Dourish, and we are super lucky to have Paul in town and coming along to talk to us about the book.

Computer science as an engineering discipline has been spectacularly successful. Yet it is also a philosophical enterprise in the way it represents the world and creates and manipulates models of reality, people, and action.

In this book, Paul Dourish addresses the philosophical bases of human-computer interaction. He looks at how what he calls “embodied interaction”—an approach to interacting with software systems that emphasizes skilled, engaged practice rather than disembodied rationality—reflects the phenomenological approaches of Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and other twentieth-century philosophers.

The phenomenological tradition emphasizes the primacy of natural practice over abstract cognition in everyday activity. Dourish shows how this perspective can shed light on the foundational underpinnings of current research on embodied interaction. He looks in particular at how tangible and social approaches to interaction are related, how they can be used to analyze and understand embodied interaction, and how they could affect the design of future interactive systems.

Remember you don’t have to have read the book to come along – feel free to just come and have a chat about what others thought and learned from it.

To RSVP email

New venue this month!

Cogent Consulting
Level 3, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Drop in after 6:00 PM for a 6:30 PM chat.
(Not before 6, as people will be working.)

Thank you to Cogent for sharing their space with us!

Paul has been invited to Australia by the Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.