One Good Death

Tactile, Haptic, and Empathic Co-design for End-of-Life Experience

Authored by: Leah Heiss , Matiu Bush , Marius Foley

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367197162
eBook ISBN: 9780429242816
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This chapter focusses on the use of tactile and haptic co-design media to engage participation of interdisciplinary groups and elicit empathy in complex problem spaces, such as end-of-life experience. At present the experience of people in aged care and in the community as they reach end of life can be inconsistent, clinically driven and not aligned with individual choices. In order to address this disjunct between the system and the individual the authors have developed a number of parallel approaches to engage haptic and tactile participation in the redesign of the death experience. The chapter reports on two such practices: The One Good Death Tactile Tools workshop and the One Good Death workshop-in-a-box activity.

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