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Aesthetics of Mundane Interactions [Vyas, D.M.]

February 3, 2010

Taken from: Aesthetics of Mundane Interactions.
VYAS, D.M. (2008) Aesthetics of Mundane Interactions. In: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings 08292, 13-16 July 2008, Dagstuhl, Germany.

Dewey’s pragmatist aesthetics suggests that aesthetics of an experience cannot be seen as a collection of isolated and separate entities. It is a ‘lived’ reality and a coherent whole that is continuous and irreducible. Contradicting with the analytical approaches, pragmatist aesthetics suggests that by separating an aesthetic experience, our understanding of an ‘experience as a whole’ is distorted and impoverished. We used a conceptual framework to explore aesthetics of mundane social interactions of staff-members in an academic work environment. The main purpose to do this was to explore and design possible technological solutions that can be sensitive to the social environment and everyday practices of staff-members. We used observations, contextual interviews and cultural probe methods to elicit staff members experiences in their everyday lives.” (p#)

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