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Call for Papers:  Understanding Performative Interactions in Public
Settings  -  Special Issue in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

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Guest Editors

Julie R. Williamson, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Lone Koefoed Hansen, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki University (Finland)
Stuart Reeves, Nottingham University (United Kingdom)
Ann Light, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)


Interactive technologies are employed in ever more diverse ways: notably,
for this special issue, in a wide variety of settings where interactions
are transformed into implicit or deliberate ‘performative’ spectacles.
Performative spectacles range from everyday actions such as technology use
while in urban spaces like city streets to ‘staged’ or deliberately
designed cultural and artistic experiences and they can be experienced both
by physically co-located or remote spectators. Viewed as a spectacle,
human-computer interaction and particularly the individual users become
subjects of public interpretation with everyone watching and making sense
of each other's interactions and intentions. These public interactions can
(be purposely designed to) range from ‘invisible’ and hidden to highly
visible and expressive, often challenging social norms or even evoking
discomfort -- physically, emotionally or socially.

While social environments have always offered space for interaction and
spectacle, ‘performative’ settings are now being defined, supported and
enhanced technologically by ubiquitous and mobile computing, gesture-based
computing and sophisticated sensing and sensor networks. The study of
human-computer interaction has already seen a growing use of perspectives
from performance and theatre studies, which are increasingly brought to
bear on the challenges of designing interactive systems that leverage the
‘performative’ aspects of these complex environments. In this view, as
designers and researchers in HCI and ubiquitous technologies, we design
performative artefacts and experiences whenever we open up new interactive
possibilities for settings where others may see, feel or hear our actions.

This special issue aims to highlight the performative aspects of designing
for interactions – mobile and immobile – in public spaces. It acknowledges
the increasing importance of understanding how we exploit characteristics
of spectacle and manage the boundaries and transitions evoked in public
‘performance’. In doing so, it offers the chance to explore how
human-computer interaction can be described, designed and evaluated by
understanding everyday interactions as potentially ‘performative’, as well
as exploring those public settings in which technology is more explicitly
used for performance purposes.


The special issue is relevant to HCI and ubicomp researchers, media
theorists, artists working with technology, as well as practitioners and /
or designers interested in:

Theatrical metaphors for user interfaces
Performer and spectators roles and how to design for them
Interactive dynamics of spectatorship and participation
Large public displays
Interactive installations
Multimodal interaction in public space
Use of interactive technologies for performances in digital art
Interfaces and interaction techniques for use in public settings
How understanding interactions as performative informs research process


We invite original submissions focusing on how the design of interactive
systems and / or the evaluation of human-computer interaction relates to
both implicit and explicit forms of performance that take place in a public
setting. This relation can be discussed theoretically, through design, and
/ or as part of practical interaction, usability, user experience or
experience design. We especially invite contributions that reflect on and
accentuate the nuances and analytic power rendered by the rich performance
and theatre studies background that such a term draws on.

This special issue will involve submission of an initial abstract followed
by submission of a full manuscript. After submitting an abstract (maximum
200 words), successful authors will be invited to submit a their full

Abstracts and Manuscripts should be submitted as a pdf to
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Important Dates

Abstract Submission (200 Words)          March 8th
Acceptance Notification                        March 22nd
Full Manuscript Submission                  May 17th
Reviews Deadline                                June 28th
Acceptance Notification                       July 26th
Final Manuscript Deadline                    August 23rd
Publication Date                                  Late 2013

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