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Gastvorträge 2009

Embodied Sonic Interactions: Basic and Applied Design Research
Karmen Franinovic

Montag, 15. Juni 2009, TU Hochhaus, Auditorium 1, 20. Etage
Der Vortrag findet statt im Rahmen des Research Colloquium Usability.


When everyday objects are embedded with interactive sonic feedback, a number of phenomenological, cultural and social questions emerge. What kinds of intimacy may a sounding object in ones hands produce? How do pedestrians relate to each other when the ground shakes and sings under their feet? Can an everyday activity such as brushing teeth become an engaging experience for children? In order to design embodied sonic interactions, some basic scientific and design questions need to be answered. This talk will present interdisciplinary research that aims to support embodied sonic interaction design.

Short Biography

Karmen Franinovic teaches courses and conducts research at the Zurich University of the Arts in Interaction Design program and at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts. Her reseach interests are focused on sonic and embodied interaction, and on the ways these affect social dynamics. Founded by the European Science Foundation and the European Commission 6th Framework programme, Karmen is leading research projects in the area of sonic interaction, in collaboration with researchers at several international universities and instititutes. Currently, she working on a book on Sonic Interaction Design for MIT Press, supported by the COST SID Action, and co-edited together with Stefania Serafin.

In 2003, Karmen co-founded Zero-Th Association together with Yon Visell to explore social and situated aspects of interactivity in public space. Projects developed in this context have ranged from interactive everyday objects to architectural designs. Her works have exhibited at Ircam/Centre Pompidou (Paris), SF Camerawork (San Francisco), Fondazione Sandretto (Torino), Bienal Miami + Beach, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Far Eastern Memorial Foundation (Taipei), DEAF (Rotterdam), The Junction (Cambridge), Oboro (Montreal) and others.

Karmen holds the Laurea degree Summa cum Laude from Istituto Universitario di Archittetura di Venezia and Master's degree from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. She is completing her PhD at the School of Computing, Communications and Electronics at the University of Plymouth. Karmen has worked as an architect on large scale public buildings and urban projects while employed at AltenArchitekten at Studio ArchA, and in collaboration with Arata Isozaki and Associates, and Arup. She contributed to the design of structures such as the olympic hockey palace for the 2004 winter games in Torino.


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