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Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:09:35 +0000
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With the early-bird registration ending this Friday 6th March, please consider registering for this course
"Body, Whys & Videotape: Somatic Approaches to Experience in HCI"

Thecla Schiphorst, School of Interactive Arts and Technology , Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lian Loke, Design Lab, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Monday 20th April 2015 : 318BC : 11:30 - 12:50 : Layout  Rounds

How can HCI designers and practitioners incorporate a somatic perspective or sensibility into interaction design?

- Introduces the value of incorporating somatic techniques to HCI design strategies.
- Provides a contextual history of somatic techniques incorporated within HCI design and evaluation.
- Discusses the challenges of articulating and incorporating Somatic Practices in HCI design processes.
- Encourage participants to consider somatic approaches they can apply to interaction design

This course will enable participants to develop an understanding of how somatic experiential techniques can be used to support design and evaluation of user experience methods within HCI. It will provide multiple examples using case studies, video and in-class exercises that illustrate somatic application to design of technology. The course contextualizes the history of somatic methods within HCI, highlighting the relationships between user experience and the application of somatic principles. It illustrates the benefits and challenges of integrating somatic approaches to experience design in a technological context. Participants will be encouraged to explore body-based somatic and somaesthetic strategies and apply them to research. The course addresses differences in epistemological assumptions through contextual practice, discussion and case studies with a strong emphasis on multi-modal examples.

This will be the second time we have run this course since CHI 2013. This is a growing area of research and practice, linking to Richard Shusterman's somaesthetic philosophy.
We are in the process of publishing a book on the subject and are keen to meet researchers and practitioners working in this area at the conference.

For a sneak preview, you can view the 2013 course at http://movement.iat.sfu.ca/Body,Whys&Videotape_CHI2013Course/. New material will be added for 2015.

Lian and Thecla

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