Beebots-a-lula, Where's My Honey?: Design Fictions and Beekeeping

Downing, Niamh, Maxwell, Deborah, Edwards, Liz and Pillatt, Toby (2016) Beebots-a-lula, Where's My Honey?: Design Fictions and Beekeeping. In: NordiCHI '16 Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. ACM, New York. ISBN 978-1-4503-4763-1

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The honey bee is a powerful cultural motif that remains an important symbol for the future. Their role as pollinators, alongside a myriad of other species, is critical to the continued diets of humankind. This Future Scenario explores a possible near future where human intervention poses new risks to their survival. Drawing on folklore and contemporary beekeeping practices, Mr Shore's Downfall tells a tale of discovery and loss as a young beekeeper is introduced to the world of honey bees. Three imagined artefacts are revealed through the story and discussed with consideration of their cultural context, desirability and relation to socio-economic factors. Themes from Mr Shore's Downfall are examined, and the potential of writing practice for design fiction practitioners is considered.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4763-1
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Writing & Journalism > Literature > English Literature
Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing > Storytelling
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
Depositing User: Niamh Downing
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 14:37
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:07


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