Play Make Believe: Exploring Design Fiction and Absurd Making for Critical NIME Design

Giacomo Lepri, Andrew McPherson, Antonella Nonnis, Paul Stapleton, H.K.G. (Kristina) Andersen, Tom Mudd, John Bowers, Pete Bennett, Sam Topley

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While making musical interfaces, NIME practitioners draw influence from many diverse disciplines, skills and aesthetic perspectives. New musical artefacts and interactions are shaped by cultural values as much as research concerns and methods. The NIME community embraces a broad range of ''ways of knowing'', and researchers are often engaged with an inclusive and critical discussion of technology. We propose a workshop based on hands-on making of unconventional artefacts to advance the debate around the complex and versatile nature of contemporary musical instruments. Our proposal exploits design fiction and absurd making to engage with critical NIME discourses and practices. We aim to question the role of technology in creative practice through make-believe, fragile and contradictory artefacts and playful design explorations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueen Mary Research Online (QMRO)
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherQueen Mary University of London
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression conference 2020 - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jul 202025 Jul 2020


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression conference 2020
Abbreviated titleNIME 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Bibliographical note

The article is a workshop proposal, published as contribution at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference 2020 (NIME 2020).
It is published among other sources at the QMRO: Queen Mary Research Online (QMRO). QMRO is an open access institutional repository of research output, containing full content images, text and audio files pertaining to research undertaken at Queen Mary University of London.


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