Cultural Usability seminar

April 24, 2001 10 am – 5 pm
LUME Center, Sampo auditorium
University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, Hämeentie 135 C Helsinki

The seminar language is English with simultaneous interpretation into sign language.


10-10.30 Opening

Yrjö Sotamaa (rector, University of Art and Design) Welcome
Minna Tarkka (UIAH Media Lab) Introduction – towards critical design practice

10.30-13 Keynotes
Moderator: Mauri Kaipainen (UIAH Media Lab)

Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University), Located accountabilities in technology production
Kari Kuutti (University of Oulu), Hunting for the lost user
Pelle Ehn (Malmö University), The collective designer
Richard Coyne (University of Edinburgh), Digital consumption: from the market direct to the home


14-15.15 Cultural Usability project

Minna Tarkka, Discourse and rhetoric in interactive media design
Heidi Tikka, Affective environments: configuring the affective user

Interactive excursions and research issues presented by the Cultural Usability students:

Mobile actors - Jokko Korhonen, Cilla Lönnqvist and Ville Martin
What you see is what you need - Giedre Kligyte and Markku Nousiainen
A game of imaginary beings - Riikka Pelo, Ellen Kotanen, Andrea Botero
Chatterbot interventions - Leena Saarinen

Coffee break

15.45-17 Commentaries and discussion
Moderator: Minna Tarkka

Mika Pantzar (HSEBA), Representing consumers – from fridges to mobile phones
Jaakko Virtanen & Yrjö Engeström (Helsinki University), Usability and the changing producer-user relationship
Anna-Maija Ylimaula (University of Art and Design Helsinki), Media design and architecture
Turkka Keinonen (Nokia Research), From usability engineering to interaction design
Tapio Mäkelä (Turku University), Experience, play, and interpretation - discontents of usability

Panel discussion