Formalising Performative Interaction

Alan Dix, Jennifer G. Sheridan
Lancaster University, UK
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Stuart Reeves, Steve Benford, Claire O'Malley
Nottingham University, UK
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Paper at DSVIS'2005, 13-15 July 2005, Newcastle, UK.

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In this paper we attempt to formalise some of the basic attributes of performative interaction against a background of sociological analysis in order to better understand how computer interfaces may support performance. We show how this generic formalisation can be used in the deconstruction, analysis and understanding of performative action and more broadly in live performance. Two examples of this form of analysis are shown: the installation piece Deus Oculi; and Stelarc's Ping Body performance piece. The analysis of these pieces renders visible the varied (re)mappings of the causal nature of interaction, direct and indirect effects, and how these are perceived and exploited by the various members of performance social groupings. Our aim, then, is to provide a model that can be used to explore the relationships that exist in performative activities across domains.

Keywords: Interactive performance, art installations, formal model, Deus Oculi

Full reference:
A. Dix, J. Sheridan, S. Reeves, S. Benford and C. O'Malley (2005). Formalising Performative Interaction. Proceedings of DSVIS'2005. (Newcastle, UK, 13-15 July 2005). Springer, LNCS 3941, pub. 2006. pp 15-25.
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