Marika Hedemyr: Mixed Reality in Public Space: Expanding Composition Practices Across Choreography and Interaction Design

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Marika Hedemyr, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3.

The title of the talk is: Mixed Reality in Public Space: Expanding Composition Practices Across Choreography and Interaction Design.

This will be Marika’s 90 percent PhD seminar. Jeffrey Bardzell, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, will take on the role as discussant.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at 15.15-17.00. It will be a hybrid seminar. Please either come to K3 Studio (NiC 0541) or join online here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/64675687916 (this is the zoom link to all K3 seminars this term).

Please notice the weekday and time!

Below is an abstract for the seminar. If you would like to have the manuscript for the seminar, please mail Marika (marika.hedemyr@mau.se)

Artistic augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) experiences are discussed from a wealth of scholarly fields, but comprehensive accounts of the actual design practices are few in interaction design. To open up the design practices, this PhD thesis draws together choreography and interaction design, with special attention to embodied interaction, digital technologies as site-specific performance spaces, and how the craft of composition shapes, situates and orients performative experiences. It entails research through practice, and creation of three public site-specific mixed reality walks, realised with stakeholders in art and cultural heritage sector. The thesis argues that a choreographic approach provides concrete design practices for crafting relations of time, space, bodies and imagination in AR/MR experiences, and demonstrates how technology is imbued in site-specific power relations, ethics and aesthetics. In conclusion, this thesis expands embodied interaction and its relevance in public spaces. It also contributes with strategies for how AR/MR  technologies can re-activate public spaces and their political significance in society, through critical, embodied and artistic experiences.

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