An Electrome bound Body Form

Karthikeya Acharya*

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This paper presents Electrome as an interactional design concept between the human body and its dwelling through an art exhibit. As a concept Electrome is treated as a hypothetical design construct for interrogating about agency in dwelling, where dwelling is considered to be both, the home and also the being within as a bodily existential experience. This concept is presented in a context where being home means to interact with everyday electro-networks that invariably results in the output of data from bodily practices further reducing as information. With such a concern this article refers to prior anthropological research by Harold Wilhite carried out in South India on the consuming body. By positioning Wilhite.s perspective on the consuming body with the body of the Electrome as an art exhibit, this work as an output of design practice firstly engages in a disciplinary dialogue with anthropology. Then by presenting such a design concept through the framework of Constructive Design Research this paper also demonstrates the utilizing of design artifacts for introducing theoretical concepts through design practice. The paper thus demonstrates design practice as a bridge for interpretation, towards theory building and for inter-disciplinary dialogues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on HCI, IndiaHCI 2015
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3218-7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Guwahati, India
Duration: 17 Dec 201519 Dec 2015
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleIndiaHCI


  • Body
  • Constructive Design Research
  • Design Practice
  • Domestic energy use data

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