Building sensitising terms to understand free-play in open-ended interactive art environments

Morrison, Ann, Viller, Stephen, & Mitchell, Peta (2011) Building sensitising terms to understand free-play in open-ended interactive art environments. In Tan, Desney, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Gutwin, Carl, Begole, Bo, & Kellogg, Wendy A. (Eds.) Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, Vancouver, BC, pp. 2335-2344.

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In this paper we introduce and discuss the nature of free-play in the context of three open-ended interactive art installation works. We observe the interaction work of situated free-play of the participants in these environments and, building on precedent work, devise a set of sensitising terms derived both from the literature and from what we observe from participants interacting there. These sensitising terms act as guides and are designed to be used by those who experience, evaluate or report on open-ended interactive art. That is, we propose these terms as a common-ground language to be used by participants communicating while in the art work to describe their experience, by researchers in the various stages of research process (observation, coding activity, analysis, reporting, and publication), and by inter-disciplinary researchers working across the fields of HCI and art. This work builds a foundation for understanding the relationship between free-play, open-ended environments, and interactive installations and contributes sensitising terms useful for the HCI community for discussion and analysis of open-ended interactive art works.

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ID Code: 69219
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Classified E1 for 2012 HERDC
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Keywords: Free play, Interactive installation, Sensitising guides
DOI: 10.1145/1978942.1979285
ISBN: 9781450302289
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 > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 ACM
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 04:10
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 03:16

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