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

Morrison, Ann and Viller, Stephen and Mitchell, Peta (2011) Building sensitising terms to understand free-play in open-ended interactive art environments. In: 29th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), 7-12 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada.


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. Copyright 2011 ACM.

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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 04:06
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Uncontrolled Keywords: free-play, open-ended, interactive installation, common-sense language, sensitising terms, sensitising guides
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
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