Sonic Technologies of a Queer Breakup

Brian Kinnee, Daniela K. Rosner, Audrey Desjardins
2022 Designing Interactive Systems Conference  
Over the past decade, the growth of voice assistants has presented new challenges within domestic life. Prior research has shown that such technologies afect users unevenly or fail to account for some relationships and domesticities entirely. Our work investigates the under-examined topic of queerness at home. Drawing on the experience of queer breakup, we describe a design inquiry and a frst-person research approach exploring two concurrent relationships in separate households both using
more » ... We explore issues of temporality, glitch, and shared accountability. We also ask critical questions with audio experiments, including: How do voice assistants diferentiate between queer voices? How should we converse with voice assistants about queerness? And are voice assistants "queer enough"? We contribute a discussion of diference, inclusion, and queer cultures of adversarial use to highlight the limitations of both everyday and professional language for describing and analyzing the particulars of queerness and interaction design. CCS CONCEPTS • Human-centered computing; • Interaction design; • Interaction design theory, concepts and paradigms;
doi:10.1145/3532106.3533542 fatcat:dvwpgyngh5h47ib6ws5yfb2p2u