Message Ritual: A Posthuman Account of Living with Lamp


As we become increasingly entangled with digital technologies, the boundary between human and machine is progressively blurring. Adopting a performative, posthumanist perspective resolves this ambiguity by proposing that such boundaries are not predetermined, rather they are enacted within a certain material configuration. Using this approach, dubbed `Entanglement HCI', this paper presents \emph{Message Ritual} -- a novel, integrated AI system that encourages the re-framing of memory through machine generated poetics. Embodied within a domestic table lamp, the system listens in on conversations occurring within the home, drawing out key topics and phrases of the day and reconstituting them through machine generated poetry, delivered to household members via SMS upon waking each morning. Participants across four households were asked to live with the lamp over a two week period. We present a diffractive analysis exploring how the lamp \emph{becomes with} participants and discuss the implications of this method for future HCI research.

Nina Rajcic
Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Jon McCormack
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


会議: CHI 2023

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Smart Living + Smart Things

Hall G2
6 件の発表
2023-04-25 01:35:00
2023-04-25 03:00:00