The lens of ludic engagement : evaluating participation in interactive art installations

Morrison, Ann, Mitchell, Peta, & Brereton, Margot (2007) The lens of ludic engagement : evaluating participation in interactive art installations. In Lienhart , R & Prasad , A R (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th international conference on Multimedia, Association for Computing Machinery Inc (ACM), Germany, Augsburg, pp. 509-512.

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Designers and artists have integrated recent advances in interactive, tangible and ubiquitous computing technologies to create new forms of interactive environments in the domains of work, recreation, culture and leisure. Many designs of technology systems begin with the workplace in mind, and with function, ease of use, and efficiency high on the list of priorities. [1] These priorities do not fit well with works designed for an interactive art environment, where the aims are many, and where the focus on utility and functionality is to support a playful, ambiguous or even experimental experience for the participants. To evaluate such works requires an integration of art-criticism techniques with more recent Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods, and an understanding of the different nature of engagement in these environments. This paper begins a process of mapping a set of priorities for amplifying engagement in interactive art installations. I first define the concept of ludic engagement and its usefulness as a lens for both design and evaluation in these settings. I then detail two fieldwork evaluations I conducted within two exhibitions of interactive artworks, and discuss their outcomes and the future directions of this research.

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ID Code: 26056
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Assigned E1 code for HERDC 2008
Keywords: Evaluation, feedback, artist perspective, HCI, interactive work, installations, interaction design, ludic engagement
DOI: 10.1145/1291233.1291358
ISBN: 978-1-59593-702-5
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: 2007 Association for Computing Machinery Inc (ACM)
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