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A Short Film About VJs: Using Documentary Film to Engage Performers in Design

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan Hook, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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VJing is a live performance of visual media. In their performances VJs utlize technologies in ways which subvert and evolve current interfaces; presenting qualities such as performativeness and expression. By developing interfaces in direct response to a VJ's work, we can learn how to develop fresh styles of interaction. The subtle nuances of a VJ's use of technology may not be achieved through a simple observation or dialogue with VJs; as they are difficult to decouple from the performer's creative process. In this film we present a design process that utilizes video documentary to explore the working practices of a collection of VJs. The documentary frames our engagement with the creative processes which shape an individual artist's performance. We describe the process detailing the initial creation of the documentary, and a participatory design workshop inspired by the film. We conclude with an example of how the process has been used in the design of a personal interactive tool for one of our participants.

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Author(s): Hook J, Green D, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI 2009: Digital Life, New World. The 27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 3491-3492

Publisher: ACM


Notes: Conference proceedings and extended abstracts on DVD.

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ISBN: 9781605582474