Engaging artists in HCI

  • Performance-led Research In The Wild (Benford, Greenhalgh, Crabtree, Flintham, Walker, Mareshall, Koleva, Egglestone, TOCHI 2013) explores  the  approach  of performance-led research  in  the wild  in  which  artists  drive  the  creation  of  novel performances with the support of HCI researchers that are then deployed and studied at public performance in cultural settings such as galleries, festivals and on the city streets. The paper describes how this consists of three distinct activities – practice, studies and theory –that become interleaved in complex ways through nine  different  relationships.
  • A Conversation Between Trees:What Data Feels Like In The Forest (Jacobs, Benford, Selby, Golembewski, Dominic Price, Giannachi, CHI 2013) presents a   study   of   an   interactive   artwork   that shows   how   artists engaged the public with scientific climate change data.   It shows that   the   artists   adopted   a   distinct approachthat fostered an emotional engagement with data rather than an informative  or  persuasive  one and charts  the performative strategies   they   used   to   achieve   this   including   sensory engagement  with  data,  a  temporal  structure  that  balanced liveness  with  slowness,  and  the juxtaposition  of  different treatments of the data to enable interpretation and dialogue.

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