Metamorphonic: A Reflective Design Inquiry into Human-Silkworm Relationship

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Abstract

This work explores an alternative human-silkworm relationship through crafting a triad of interactive research artifacts that serve as a temporary habitat for domestic silk moths, Bombyx mori. In the first part of the paper, we present the design journey from acquiring the eggs to harvesting movement in orchestrating the improvised ambient music and elaborate on the aspects of materiality and temporality that crafting the habitability involved. In the second part, we reflect on the alternative relationship as intended and embodied during the four months of co-habitation and discuss the ethical and other emergent issues informed by designer-researcher’s autoethnography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages808-819
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-9893-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

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