Fabulating Biodata Futures for Living and Knowing Together

Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Pedro Sanches, Tom Jenkins, Noura Howell, Laurens Boer, Afroditi Bitzouni (Illustrator)

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A growing number of design researchers explore engagement with and through biodata. To help make sense of this growing space, we synthesize three emergent themes: (1) expanding notions of biodata and bodies, (2) attending to a greater diversity of human bodies and experiences with biodata, and (3) biodata collaborations between human and non-human bodies. We illustrate these themes with selected design examples. From this synthesis, we develop three interconnected fabulations reimagining alternative engagements with biodata: Weaving Alongside, Diffracting Selves, and Collective Affect. Our discussion unpacks conceptual work of the fabulations, offering invitations for design research to explore alternative ways of living and knowing together with biodata.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '22: Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsFlorian 'Floyd' Mueller, Stefan Greuter, Rohit Ashok Khot, Penny Sweetser, Marianna Obrist
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date13 Jun 2022
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9358-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022


  • biodata
  • fabulation
  • more-than-human
  • bodies
  • design research
  • futuring
  • diffraction


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