Ciculating objects between frontstage and backstage: collectively identifying concerns and framing solution spaces

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Abstract

In this chapter we use a conceptual framework of frontstage and backstage and intermediary objects to investigate how problems (matters of concerns) and solutions are negotiated through an iterative process of producing and inscribing objects backstage and circulating these objects frontstage. This is done by exploring the navigational moves of a team of five third-semester bachelor's design engineering students who sought to improve quality of life for elderly residents with dementia in a nursing home by engaging in a co-design process to develop a new sensory stimulation technology. During this analysis we identify a new type of ‘fluid’ intermediary object that continuously evolves during the design process as new concerns emerge and which thus also frames the solution that is to be designed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStaging Collaborative Design and Innovation : An Action-Oriented Participatory Approach
EditorsChristian Clausen, Dominique Vinck, Signe Pedersen, Jens Dorland
Number of pages14
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateDec 2020
Pages72–85
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)978 1 83910 342 1
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 83910 343 8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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