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Flowing bodies: Exploring the micro and macro scales of bodily interactions with urban media installations

Afonso, AG; Ergin, E; Schieck, AFG; (2019) Flowing bodies: Exploring the micro and macro scales of bodily interactions with urban media installations. In: Harrison, Steve and Bardzell, Shaowen, (eds.) DIS '19: Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference. (pp. pp. 1183-1193). ACM: New York, United States. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate human interactions with urban media installations by adopting two scales of analysis: the body scale (micro) and the city scale (macro). This twofold approach allows us to better understand the relationships between the design properties of outdoor installations and the urban spatial layout around them. We conducted in-the-wild studies of two urban media installations, one consisting of fixed components, and the other of movable components, which were deployed in different places and encouraged different types of whole-body interaction. We provide a detailed account of the micro and macro levels of interactions, based on observational and qualitative explorations. Our studies reveal that the urban spatial layout is a key element in defining the interactions and encounters around outdoor interfaces, and therefore it needs to inform the design process from the outset.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Flowing bodies: Exploring the micro and macro scales of bodily interactions with urban media installations
Event: 2019 - Designing Interactive Systems Conference
ISBN-13: 9781450358507
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3322276.3322378
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3322378
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Whole-body interaction; media; installation; spatial layout; urban play; marco and mirco scale.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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/10088556
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