Beebots-a-lula, where's my honey?:design fictions and beekeeping

Edwards, Liz and Maxwell, Deborah and Pillatt, Toby and Downing, Niamh (2016) Beebots-a-lula, where's my honey?:design fictions and beekeeping. In: NordiCHI '16 Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. ACM, New York. ISBN 9781450347631

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Abstract

The honey bee is a powerful cultural motif that remains an important symbol for the future. Their role as pollinators, alongside a myriad of other species, is critical to the continued diets of humankind. This Future Scenario explores a possible near future where human intervention poses new risks to their survival. Drawing on folklore and contemporary beekeeping practices, Mr Shore’s Downfall tells a tale of discovery and loss as a young beekeeper is introduced to the world of honey bees. Three imagined artefacts are revealed through the story and discussed with consideration of their cultural context, desirability and relation to socio-economic factors. Themes from Mr Shore’s Downfall are examined, and the potential of writing practice for design fiction practitioners is considered.

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© {Owner/Author}, 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in NordiCHI '16 Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2971485.2993924
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03 Nov 2016 14:12
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