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StreetHeart: Empowering Homeless Through Art and Technology

Danilina, O; Vilaza, GN; Hamon, C; Johanna, M; (2017) StreetHeart: Empowering Homeless Through Art and Technology. In: Mark, Gloria and Fussell, Susan and Lampe, Cliff and Schraefel, MC and Hourcade, Juan Pablo and Appert, Caroline and Wigdor, Daniel, (eds.) Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM: NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Homeless people lack stable housing conditions and often feel marginalised and excluded from broader society. Some charity organizations seek to improve the confidence and self worth of homeless individuals by providing artistic activities, in which impressive artworks are produced. However, much of the artwork remain unseen, due to lack of the resources and technology available to these charity organisations. This is why we designed StreetHeart, a multichannel service. StreetHeart gives the underprivileged the power to upload artworks independently, by using a portable camera device. Their artwork is shared through LED screens placed around the city, reaching larger audiences. By pressing a heart button embedded in the display, passersby can instantaneously send their appreciation and further contribute to the artists via an online store. Street- Heart has the potential to not only increase the self-worth of those affected by homelessness, but also bring them closer to the society.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: StreetHeart: Empowering Homeless Through Art and Technology
Event: CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems Denver - 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado
Dates: 06 May 2017 - 11 May 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3027063.3049273
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3049273
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Homeless; art therapy; interactive display; social inclusion; citizen engagement; service design
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037760
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