Pheno-data: Using tomatoes to rethink data and data practice for ecological worlds

Youngsil Lee, Chris Speed, Larissa Pschetz

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Abstract / Description of output

Notions of data increasingly revolve around digital representations prioritizing the efficiency and productivity of global economic-systems, often side-lining tangible and local information that is crucial for ‘more-than-human’ worlds. To challenge this, we propose the concept of “Pheno-data,” which aims to embody the livingness of the lifeworld through the evolving characteristics and responses of organisms. We also introduce, “Pheno-fication”, as a means to access Pheno-data, and use tomatoes to exemplify the process. Through a fabulation workshop, we integrate these concepts into design practice in order to tangibly explore their potential for shifting perspectives from an anthropocentric to an ecological viewpoint.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalHuman-Computer Interaction
Early online date21 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • pheno-data
  • living organism
  • livingness
  • fabulation
  • more-than-human
  • ecologies


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