Reimagining Digital Fabrication as Performance Art

Laura Devendorf, Daniela K. Rosner
alt.chi (2015)


Within the HCI literature to date, digital fabrication systems are often oriented towards pre-determined goals and discussed in terms of the meaning of objects produced rather than the meanings of actions from which those object emerged. This paper draws from contemporary performance art to inform fabrication system designs that frame meaningful actions as the primary product of fabrication activity. In doing so, we open up new generative ideas for HCI theory and practice, specifically in relation to posthumanist and research through design agendas.