“Embedded Scenography in Interactive Public Art” presented by Demers, Purkrabek and Schulze


Session Title:

  • Expanded Visual Spaces

Presentation Title:

  • Embedded Scenography in Interactive Public Art




  • This research investigates the intrinsic role of scenography as an integral part of large-scale multi-user and multi-touch environments. While Tangible Media started to break the grounds for the role of proprioception and affordance in interactive environments, large-scale interactive works and participative public art bring additional requirements towards the design of such interfaces. The authors have developed a series of related artworks that integrates the scenographical and architectural setting in the definition, comprehension and operation of the interface. By further analyzing these works, the aim is to address the following questions:

    1. How can the scenographical and architectural settings provide affordances, i. e., from their impact on the body in space to their cultural icon?
    2. Can the proprioception (hand-eye) be extended beyond the body scale in a large (or distant) environment?
    3. What are the roles of the human visual field in understanding an interactive system especially in larger than body environments?

    This research has derived works that shift the visual perception in different architectural settings and body-eye coordination’s:

    1. an interactive floor (looking down, foot-eye)
    2. a multi-touch table (looking near, hand-eye)
    3. an interactive wall (looking horizontal, body-eye)
    4. an interactive building façade (looking far, disembodied).

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