From August 17-21, 2015, Verena Fuchsberger and Martin Murer attended the decennial Aarhus conference “Critical Alternatives“. Together with Manfred Tscheligi, Silvia Lindtner, Andreas Reiter, Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell, and Pernille Bjørn, they organized a one-day workshop on “The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet“. Therein, they discussed intersection of (hobbyist) making and (industrial) production, which reflects the research interest of the Fabrication Experience Lab at the Center for HCI.

Furthermore, Martin Murer presented a short paper that addresses “Deconstructivist Interaction Design: Interrogating Expression and Form” (co-authored by Verena Fuchsberger and Manfred Tscheligi). This critical assessment of several interactive artifacts expresses how a deconstructive perspective might contribute to the further development of the interaction design discipline.

The Center for HCI is looking forward to the next Critical Alternatives, taking place in 2025.