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Designing the Unexpected: Endlessly Fascinating Interaction for Interactive Installations

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  • Lindsay Macdonald Vermeulen
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  • John Brosz, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Miguel A. Nacenta, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary, Canada
We present A Delicate Agreement, an interactive art installation designed to intrigue
viewers by offering them an unfolding story that is endlessly fascinating. To achieve this, we set our story in the liminal space of an elevator, and populated this elevator with a set of unique characters. Viewers watch the story unfold through peepholes in the elevator's doors, where in turn their gaze can trigger changes in the storyline. This storyline's interactive response was created via a complex adaptive system using simple rules based on Goffman's performance theory.
Goffman's performance theory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year15 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015
EventACM Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction - Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Duration: 15 Jan 201519 Jan 2015


ConferenceACM Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
LocationStanford University
CountryUnited States
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    Research areas

  • Interaction design, interactive installation, interactive art, COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS

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