Designing Performative Interactions in Public Spaces

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. 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. This workshop will examine 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 through a variety of theoretical discussions and practical design activities.

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Important Dates

March 30th, 2012 Submission Deadline
April 20th, 2012 Author Notification
June 11th - 12th, 2012 Workshop

Workshop Organizers

Julie R. Williamson is a Research Assistant in the Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST) at the University of Glasgow. Her research revolves around the use of performative actions as input for mobile phones, examining user perceptions and the social acceptability of taking part in such interactions. She has explored these issues through a variety of methods including surveys, on-the-street user studies, interviews, and focus groups.

Lone Koefoed Hansen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Aesthetic Studies, Aarhus University. Her main areas of interest are urban theory, mobile media, social choreographies, digital art, and exploratory ways of combining the above. She is currently partaking in the research project Digital Urban Living, focusing on the interplay between urban life, mobile media, and digital art.