Objects in interaction
My interest in objects and the role they play in interaction probably springs directly from having worked with designers and design activities. But obviously (and perhaps more interestingly) objects are also part of - and important for - more mundane types of interaction.
I have explored this issue in an edited a book on objects in interaction together with Maurice Nevile, Pentti Haddington and Mirka Rauniomaa. With Mirka, I also worked on a comparison between what we've termed "auditory objects" - i.e. "things that make sounds". For the book, we considered how people organize the turning on of vacuum cleaners and car radios with respect to their talk and we have just published a paper on what people may be doing when they turn vacuum cleaners and car radios off.
Heinemann, T. & Rauniomaa, M. 2016. Turning down sound to turn to talk: Muting and muffling auditory objects as a resource for displaying involvement.
Dropping off or picking up?: Professionals' use of objects as a resource for
determining the purpose of a customer encounter.