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Mindfulness and technology: Traces of a middle way

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ann Light, Dr Simon BowenORCiD


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We contemplate paths between form and formlessness as a middle way between digital technology for mindfulness, and mindfulness without digital technology, thereby inviting alternative departure points with interactive systems. In doing so, we step into a contested yet potentially fertile arena to challenge the handling, analysis and reporting of the relationship between mindfulness and technology and the methods used to interrogate it. Through the documenting of the authors' own creative practices (video, photography, and gardening), material traces and written vignettes of our experiments are presented to stimulate resonances and evoke mindfulness with readers. We also question the form of conference papers to consider how we can best share formless states of being in discussing their relevance for design. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

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Author(s): Akama Y, Light A, Bowen S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: DIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 345-355

Online publication date: 10/06/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc


DOI: 10.1145/3064663.3064752

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ISBN: 9781450349222