“One Step: The Impact of Interactive Public Installations on Promoting Public Awareness of Poverty” presented by Seo, Al-Zubeidi, Sykora and Toler

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  • Interactive Art

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  • One Step: The Impact of Interactive Public Installations on Promoting Public Awareness of Poverty

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  • Those living in poverty are often misjudged as being the reason they are in their situation. Because of this misconception, most people do not know how extensive and how many people are affected by poverty. The problem is commonly ignored mainly on the college campuses. We developed bodily interactive displays entitled One Step to address this issue and promote public awareness. One Step aims to create an emotional response and understanding in its viewers and nurture a relationship between individuals affected by poverty and students. To investigate effectiveness of the interactive displays, we compared a non-interactive version (print posters) serving as a baseline, with an interactive version where participants’ body movements are translated into the system playing the interactive contents. The study presents that interactive displays are more engaging than non-interactive displays and more effective to support promoting public awareness around poverty issues.

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