The Panopticon and the Performance Arena: HCI Reaches within

  • Ann Light
  • Peter Wright
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03658-3_26

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5727)
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Light A., Wright P. (2009) The Panopticon and the Performance Arena: HCI Reaches within. In: Gross T. et al. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2009. INTERACT 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5727. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The impact of new technologies is hard to predict. We suggest the value of theories of performativity in understanding dynamics around the convergence of biomedical and information technology. Drawing on the ideas of Butler and Foucault, we discuss a new, internal, context for HCI and raise potentially disturbing issues with monitoring health. We argue that by adopting explicitly social framings we can see beyond the idea of medical interventions to tools for wellbeing and recognize more of the implications of looking within.


performativity bodies embodiment biomedical convergence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Light
    • 1
  • Peter Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield

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