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Conversational Environments Revisited

Glynn, R; (2008) Conversational Environments Revisited. In: Kybernetes. Emerald Group Publishing Limited Green open access

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Designers do not require the use of the most advanced electrical, mechanical & computational engineering to build highly sophisticated interactive devices, art & architecture. Instead what is crucial is that the conceptual framework within which they are conceived has a thorough understanding of interaction. A common current misconception fostered by so called 'human computer interaction' design is that by giving functional devices, or aesthetic works of art & architecture, the ability to 'React' in some way to the stimuli of a 'User', qualifies this artefact as 'Interactive'. Such an over simplification trivialises the powerful & productive quality of interaction. This paper insists on Interactivity as a more productive & advanced form of Reactivity, & explains the process of interaction as a conversational activity between participants. The conversational model is examined through this authors recent art installation & reflects on the powerful precedent Gordon Pask provides for understanding interaction through the experimental machines that he built to embody his Conversation Theories.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Conversational Environments Revisited
Event: 19th European Meeting of Cybernetics and Systems Research
Location: Vienna, Austria
Dates: 25 March 2008 - 28 March 2008
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/k.2008.06737aab.006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/k.2008.06737aab.006
Language: English
Additional information: This article is © Emerald Publishing Limited and permission has been granted for this version to appear here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062990 . Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Publishing Limited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062990
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