Performing research: Four contributions to HCI

Robyn Taylor, Jocelyn Spence, Brendan Walker, Bettina Nissen, Peter Wright

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper identifies a body of HCI research wherein the researchers take part in digitally mediated creative experiences alongside participants. We present our definition and rationale for 'self-situated performance research' based on theories in both the HCI and performance literatures. We then analyse four case studies of this type of work, ranging from overtly 'performative' staged events to locative audio and public making. We argue that by interrogating experience from within the context of self-situated performance, the 'performer/researcher' extends traditional practices in HCI in the following four ways: developing an intimate relationship between researchers and participants, providing new means of making sense of interactions, shaping participants' relationship to the research, and enabling researchers to refine their work as it is being conducted. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346559
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017


Conference2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Design from within
  • Performance
  • Performing research
  • Practice
  • Public making
  • Self-situated research
  • Sense-making


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