WS18: Human-Technology Choreographies: Re-Thinking Body, Movement and Space in Interaction Design

Antti Pirhonen, Univ. of Jyväskylä; Kai Tuuri, Univ. of Jyväskylä; Jaana Parviainen, Univ. of Tampere; Markku Turunen, Univ. of Tampere; Tomi Heimonen, University of Tampere, Finland
27 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

Human movements, as lived experience, are “signs of life” that carry a wide range of meanings of being, feeling and acting.

In interaction design, we tend to focus on movements which have direct effect on the functions of technology. This kind of approach is salient in the traditional view of seeing human being as a user, which lead us to consider movement through its instrumental value only.

Instead of focusing on the use of technology, this workshop takes human movement and choreographies as a framework for re-conceptualising the design and use of technology. The term choreography in all refers to meaningful continuums of movement that designs of interactive technology manifest.

The workshop gathers together researchers and practitioners whose work is related to human movements in interaction design. We seek contributions that reflect on design approaches that acknowledge movement as a basic constituent of thought and design. Contributions can be theoretical positions on movements, kinaesthesia and cognition. Reports on empirical studies are welcome, as well as movement-centred re-interpretations of prior research (or design cases). The themes include (but are not restricted to):

  • Designing by moving: Sketching meaningful physical interactions
  • Moving by design: How technology makes us move
  • Issues of embodied control
  • Self-monitoring, “quantified self”
  • Designs colliding with choreographies in public and private spaces
  • Urban environments: Spaces and moving agents in smart cities
  • Imaginative movements
  • Subjective vs. objective space and movement
  • Wearable technologies: Something that tag along or blend into?

Your contribution is valuable in the shaping of a new movement-related perspective to human-technology interaction. Paper submissions form a basis for creative, practical group work in the workshop. All contributors will be invited to submit to a forthcoming special issue of Human Technology journal of the workshop’s topic.

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