Call for Papers:
Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
Special Issue on Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, movement, and space
Antti Pirhonen (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
Kai Tuuri (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
Cumhur Erkut (Aalborg University, DK)
Submissions by August 28, 2015
In interaction design and related disciplines, the focus of research tends toward technological objects rather than the movements relating to interacting with the objects. Even when movements are considered, the emphasis is placed on their instrumental value, that is, how movements have direct effect on the functions of technology. However, the emphasis of this special issue rests upon technological objects and how they are used. In other words, the editors of this special issue seek submissions that emphasize intentional human movement in the physical and social “life-world” in which humans encounter technological and virtual artifacts. The term choreography here refers to meaningful continuums of movement that humans, as individuals or as groups, experience during interaction with technology.
In daily life, each technological design constitutes choreographies of varying scopes: Technology may enable, limit, or control human movements and other behavior. Human–technology choreographies can involve anything from subtle finger movements to the movement of crowds in public spaces. A choreographic orientation brings forth all the opportunities and options that interaction designers have available for defining movements, movement-qualities, and choreographies required in the interface with the various devices so prevalent in contemporary living. Human movement is never a mere structure that could be handled without also affecting the inherent meanings it embodies.
We seek contributions that challenge current thinking and critically acknowledge the role of bodily movement as a basic element in a profound understanding of relationships between humans and technology. We propose choreography as a key concept through which the movement-centered phenomena present in interaction with technology could be better acknowledged, reflected on, and understood. Varying orientations on the subject are welcome. These may include, for example, interaction design, product design, architecture, phenomenology, or embodied cognition, as well as more broad cultural, societal, artistic, educational or philosophical accounts. Reports on empirical studies are welcome, as are movement-centered reinterpretations of prior research and theories. The themes include (but are not restricted to): Read more on Call: Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, Movement, and Space (Special issue of HT)…