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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(1), 5;

Reflection through Inner Presence: A Sensitising Concept for Design

Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Postcode 5090000, Chile
University of Sydney, Sydney, Postcode 2006, Australia
Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 23 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Designing for the Body)
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Although our embodied dimension has been recognised as a generative source of imagination through movement and gesture, the notion of the body as a generator of more symbolic and descriptive expressions of knowledge remains mostly unexplored in human-computer interaction (HCI). This theoretical paper introduces the sensitising concept of reflection through inner presence, in contrast to reflection in action, as a way to differentiate two modes of embodied reflection generating distinct types of materials for design ideation, inspiration, and information. The relevance of this distinction, and the recognition of inner presence in somatic-oriented design, appears as a way to fill the gap of the reported elusiveness in the description of inner experience for design use. Different than design approaches that use reflection in action, reflection through inner presence generates detailed accounts of somatic and aesthetic qualities, which can be potentially incorporated into the design of artefacts. View Full-Text
Keywords: HCI-oriented design; sensitising concepts; inner presence; ideation HCI-oriented design; sensitising concepts; inner presence; ideation

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