Soma-Based Design Theory

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  • Kristina Höök
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  • Caroline Hummels
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  • Katherine Isbister
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  • Patrizia Marti
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  • Elena Márquez Segura
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  • Martin Jonsson
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  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller
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  • Pedro A.N. Sanches
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  • Thecla Schiphorst
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  • Anna Ståhl
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  • Dag Svanaes
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  • Ambra Trotto
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  • Marianne Graves Petersen
  • Youn-kyung Lim

Movement-based interaction design is increasingly popular, with application domains ranging from dance, sport, gaming to physical rehabilitation. In a workshop at CHI 2016, a set of prominent artists, game designers, and interaction designers embarked on a research journey to explore what we came to refer to as "aesthetics in soma-based design". In this follow-up workshop, we would like to take the next step, shifting from discussing the philosophical underpinnings we draw upon to explain and substantiate our practice, to form our own interaction design theory and conceptualisations. We propose that soma-based design theory needs practical, pragmatic as well as analytical study - otherwise the felt dimension will be missing. We will consider how such tacit knowledge can be articulated, documented and shared. To ground the discussion firmly in the felt experience of our own practice, the workshop is organised as a joint practical design work session, supported by analytical study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Explore, Innovate, Inspire
Number of pages8
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year6 May 2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4656-6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346566
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017
EventCHI 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201712 May 2017


ConferenceCHI 2017
LandUnited States
SeriesCHI EA '17

    Research areas

  • Design theory, Soma-based interaction, Somaesthetics

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