Tangible Disparity - Different Notions of the Material as Catalyst of Interdisciplinary Communication

  • Michael Heidt
  • Linda Pfeiffer
  • Andreas Bischof
  • Paul Rosenthal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8510)


Communicating tangible technology designs hinges on an adequate notion of materiality. However, academic disciplines involved employ wildly differing notions of the material. This issue effects communicative boundaries within interdisciplinary teams tasked with development of tangible digital artefacts. In order to address this problem, we provide an analysis of differing disciplinary modes of conceptualisation and theorisation. Following these considerations, we discuss theoretical artefacts able to serve as communicative interfaces between the disciplines in question.


materiality interdisciplinarity cultural informatics critical technical practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Heidt
    • 1
  • Linda Pfeiffer
    • 2
  • Andreas Bischof
    • 1
  • Paul Rosenthal
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemnitz University of Technology, Research Training Group crossWorldsChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.Chemnitz University of Technology, Visual Computing GroupChemnitzGermany

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