Human reasoning often revolves around dichotomies: male-female, rational-irrational, emotion-thinking, body-mind, white-black, and so on. Through our design processes, we often repeat and reinforce these patterns. We argue that a stronger somatic engagement with the digital materials might open the design space in different manners, thereby bypassing some of these ready-made conceptualizations. Through a soma design stance we have attempted to address: dualism; feminist qualities such as pluralism and participation; addressing and counteracting privilege; and how to get closer to our bodies and our selves instead of letting data and interaction distance ourselves from our bodies, emotion, and experience.
Kristina Höök, Sara Eriksson, Marie Louise Juul Sondergaard, Marianela Ciolfi Felice, Nadia Campo Woytuk, Ozgun Kilic, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, and Anna Ståhl. 2019. Soma Design and Politics of the Body: Addressing Conceptual Dichotomies Through Somatic Engagement. In Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019 (HTTF 2019), November 19–20, 2019, Nottingham, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3363384.3363385