Klaus Krippendorff: Languaging, Reality, Dialogue and Interaction

12 Feb 2014 - 4:22pm
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In his keynote, Klaus will distinguish four theories from the philosophy of language and elaborate on dialogical conceptions of how reality comes to be constructed. To him, languaging – the process of conversing in language – is a creative and fundamentally socio-cultural practice. Language does not merely describe, it creates realities in conversations and actions. Dialogical conceptions raise doubts in several common epistemological assumptions. Questioning them could open possibilities of seeing interaction design in a new way.

Three questions arise from these elaborations:

  1. What of everyday languaging can (or already does) inform human computer interactions (HCI) within its algorithmic affordances. Are there limitations or unrecognized possibilities?
  2. Beyond the individualist conceptions of professional HCI discourse, what might it take to enable interactions that facilitate the larger socio-cultural conversations, fundamentally altered by digital technology?
  3. What does it take for the professional discourse of HCI to embrace everyday languaging.

There are no simple answers.

Klaus' only hope is to encourage conversations on what the discourse within the interaction design community does beyond its boundary.

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