The Cultural Usability seminar, April 24, 2001 was attended by over 200 participants. The audience was an exciting mix of students, researchers and practitioners of usability, new media, society and culture.

Documentation (with videoclips, coming soon)


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

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 design practice
Kari Kuutti (Oulu University), 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, Performing new media - translations and resistances at the

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 Virkkunen & 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