Getting the point : the role of gesture in managing intersubjectivity in a design activity

Donovan, Jared, Heinemann, Trine, Matthews, Ben, & Buur, Jacob (2011) Getting the point : the role of gesture in managing intersubjectivity in a design activity. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 25(03), pp. 221-235.

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This paper illustrates the complexity of pointing as it is employed in a design workshop. Using the method of interaction analysis, we argue that pointing is not merely employed to index, locate, or fix reference to an object. It also constitutes a practice for reestablishing intersubjectivity and solving interactional trouble such as misunderstandings or disagreements by virtue of enlisting something as part of the participants’ shared experience. We use this analysis to discuss implications for how such practices might be supported with computer mediation, arguing for a “bricolage” approach to systems development that emphasizes the provision of resources for users to collaboratively negotiate the accomplishment of intersubjectivity ra- ther than systems that try to support pointing as a specific gestural action.

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ID Code: 56683
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Collaborative Design, Computer Mediated Communication, Gesture, Intersubjectivity, Pointing
DOI: 10.1017/S0890060411000059
ISSN: 1469-1760
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2013 03:53
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 06:45

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