Social contraptions and embodied interaction

Donovan, Jared & Mitchell, Robb (2010) Social contraptions and embodied interaction. In Proceedings of the 12th ACM international conference adjunct papers on Ubiquitous computing, 26-29th September, 2010. , Copenhagen, Denmark.

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In this paper we introduce the idea of "social contraptions", which are interactive physical devices employed as designerly explorations of social relations as mediated by physical space and artefacts. We present two independent but related design explorations that were situated in fine art and industrial research contexts. We argue that these contraptions open up for exploration some interaction issues related to the theme of ’Embodied Facilitation'. This is particularly in relation to awareness and coordination between interactants as mediated by the spatial and material configuration of the contraptions. These methods, as well as the insights gained from them can contribute to the development of the emerging field of embodied interaction.

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ID Code: 56689
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
Keywords: embodied interaction, exploratory design methods, social contraptions
DOI: 10.1145/1864431.1864458
ISBN: 9781450302838
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The authors.
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2013 03:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 22:41

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