Designing performative interactions in public spaces

Williamson, J.R. and Hansen, L.K. (2012) Designing performative interactions in public spaces. In: Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference - DIS '12, Newcastle, UK, 11-15 June 2012. ACM New York: New York, NY, USA, pp. 791-792. ISBN 9781450312103 (doi: 10.1145/2317956.2318076)

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More and more interactive artifacts are used in public on an everyday basis, and metaphors from performance and theatre studies find their way into research on these interfaces, addressing how interaction with technology can be understood in a performative sense. Through theoretical discussions as well as practical design activities and building on the assumption that every human action in public space has a performative aspect, this workshop seeks to explore performative interaction as it occurs in real world public settings with interactive technologies. The purpose of the workshop is to make prototyping experiments that enable participants to explore select themes and questions relevant to everyday or staged performativity, e.g. the design of performative technologies, the evaluation of user experience, the importance of spectator and performer roles, and the social acceptability of performative actions in public spaces.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williamson, Dr Julie
Authors: Williamson, J.R., and Hansen, L.K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM New York

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