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Performativity in Interaction

Location: Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 20th Floor, Auditorium 1

Julie R. Williamson, University of Glasgow

Any interaction that occurs in a public space can be considered to have a performative element, where an individual performs a given action with the awareness of others around them. For interactions that require users to perform highly noticeable actions, such as multimodal or whole body interaction, the effect of spectators can be even more pronounced.  This can hinder the acceptance of new interaction techniques, but can also be leveraged to create enjoyable performative experiences. In this talk, I will describe the concept of "performativity" and present examples of performative interaction in practice, and discuss how these designs can encourage users to perform strange behaviours in public places.

Julie R. Williamson is currently a post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow as part of the MMH Project and the Starfish project. Her interests include the evaluation of user experience in real world settings, the design and evaluation of performative interactions in public spaces, and the evaluation of whole body interaction for mobile contexts.  Julie received her PhD in Computing Science (2012) at the University of Glasgow, advised by Professor Stephen Brewster. Her thesis, entitled User Experience, Performance, and Social Acceptability: Usable Multimodal Mobile Interaction, explored the evaluation of user experience and social acceptablity of multimodal interactions in public spaces.  She received her Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Informatics (2008) from the University of California Irvine, working with Professor Paul Dourish on ubiquitous systems that  explored public and private interactions.

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