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
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