Alternatives to Agrilogistics: Designing for Ecological Thinking
Heidi Biggs, Tejaswini Joshi, Ries Murphy, Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell
CSCW’21: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Session: Sustainable Infrastructures for Rural and Local Computing
Sustainable HCI (SHCI) researchers have historically looked to small and urban farmers to help situate and extend notions of sustainability within economic, social, and political frameworks. In the face of climate change and the Anthropocene, however, we ask how designing like the alternative farming practices of small and urban farmers might open up new, ecological approaches to agricultural technology. We conducted ethnographic field work with small farmers and their community in Indiana and show how they are challenging ‚Äúagrilogistics,‚Äù defined by philosopher Timothy Morton as a strict separation of nature and culture in food production, a separation, he argues, which underlies the substantial agricultural contributions to climate change. Our ethnography led us to suggest new possibilities for design of agricultural technology that support ecological thinking and caring for more-than-human actors through visceral imaginaries, posthuman storytelling, and engaging curiosity, possibilities which may offer ways to disentangle agricultural technology from agrilogistic paradigms.
Pre-recorded presentations of CSCW 2021