Participation Gestalt: analysing Participatory Qualities of Interaction in Public Space

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Abstract

We introduce the participation gestalt framework for analysing participation in public interactive installations. Building on the concept of interaction gestalt, we define the participation gestalt as the unified perception and experience of participatory qualities as they unfold through interaction with the installation in a socio-cultural setting. The framework consists of five continua, mapping out the qualities of participation in relation to the degree of expressivity, exposure, investment, sociality and persistence that people experience when engaging in the interaction. Individually, the five qualities provide a vocabulary for analyzing an interactive installation. Combined, the five qualities constitute a participation gestalt framework by which HCI researchers can qualify how a certain forms of participation emerge around public installations. We exemplify the framework by analyzing four public installations in different socio-cultural contexts and examining their participation gestalt.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - Proceedings, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages12
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2016
Pages4435-4446
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3362-7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Exposure
  • Investment
  • Participation
  • Participation gestalt
  • Persistence
  • Public space, expression
  • Sociality

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