The dial: exploring computational strangeness

Kristina Andersen, Peter Knees

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This paper describes the process of a computational idea emerging from a process of user engagement: algorithmic recommendations as artistic obstructions in creative work. Through a collaboration between HCI and Music Information Retrieval, we conducted open-ended interviews with professional makers of Electronic Dance Music. We describe how the idea emerged from this process, and consider how algorithmic recommendation systems could be re-considered as tools for artistic inspiration. We propose the concept of a "Strangeness Dial," which allows the gradual adjustment of the degree of desired otherness, which is tested through the use of a non-functional prop and a series of interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 7-12 May 2016, San Jose, California
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4082-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34


Conference34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016
Abbreviated titleCHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address


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