Anuradha Reddy
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I am a postdoc researcher of design with a critical making practice via craftivisms, hardware hacks, and re-appropriation of data-driven technologies.





I am a postdoc researcher of design with a critical making practice via craftivisms, hardware hacks and re-appropriations of data-driven technologies. 


Research Workshop: Venetian Drawing Conversations

Research Pictorial: Drawing Conversations Mediated by AI



Research Pictorial: Exploring Kolam As An Ecofeminist Computational Art Practice



Open Hardware Project: BOOB-Factor Authentication in Banjara Embroidery



Open Hardware Project: Internet of Towels - Knotty Articulations




Open Hardware Project: Secure Your Home IoT with the CryptoCrochet-Key


Open Hardware Project: Make Your Own Resistor Cushion



Research Article: Making Everyday Things Talk


Research Workshop: More-Than-Human Design & AI


PhD Dissertation: Researching IoT Through Design

Research Workshop: Encountering Ethics In Data-Enabled IoT


Research Article: The Role of Participation in Designing For IoT


Book chapter: Feeling At Home with the Internet of Things


Research Article: Platform Ethics in Technology


Research Article: Where is the Interface?


Research Project: Thing (Data) Perspectives


Research Project: Ethnography of Open Street Mapping


Research Project: Living with a Smart Plug


Research Workshop: Subverting IoT Futures

The Role of Participation in Designing for IoT 🔎️



DRS track - Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design. Proceedings of DRS 2016 : Design + Research + Society Future–Focused Thinking 50th Anniversary International Conference, Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016
Reddy, Anuradha and Linde, Per. 2016. The Role of Participation in Designing for IoT. Proceedings of DRS 2016, 1-13

Paper Abstract
The widespread proliferation of the internet-of-things (IoT) has led to the shift in focus from the technology itself to the way in which technology affects the social world. Being inspired by the emerging intersection between actor network theory and co-design, this paper emphasizes the role of participation in designing IoT-based technologies by suggesting alternative ways to appropriate IoT into people’s lives. It is argued that prototyping becomes crucial for designing IoT-based technologies where the invisible aspects of “agency” and “autonomy” are highlighted while still drawing on its full capabilities. In that, the value of tinkering and exploration are seen as ways to experiment with and constitute one’s subjectivities in relation to IoT-based technologies. Taking these points into consideration, it is suggested that there is a need to move towards a cosmopolitics of design where aesthetics and materialisation of technology also act as inquiries into issues of performance and social meaning-making.

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Anuradha Venugopal Reddy presenting her paper The Role of Participation in Designing for IoT at the Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design track at DRS 2016. Image credits:
Alex Wilkie