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Telematic Dinner Party: Designing for Togetherness through Play and Performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Comber, Dr Cassim Ladha, Dr Tom Bartindale, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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There is an increasing desire to remain connected when physically distant and computer-mediated communication (CMC) is one means of satisfying this desire. In particular, there is a growing trend for individuals to use commercially available technology to connect with friends and family in social and leisure settings. Drawing on this trend, performative arts and existing telecommunications research,we identify the social practice of sharing a meal together as ripe for reinterpretation within CMC. We explore the opportunities to design a technology platform that supports remote guests in experiencing togetherness and playfulness within the practices of a traditional dinner party. Through both visual and aural channels as well as remote agency, the dinner guests were able to share a holistic telematic diningexperience comparable to a traditional co-presence dinner. Based on the findings, we propose that one must consider the social structure and cultural background of users to inform the design of a technological intervention.

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Author(s): Barden P, Comber R, Green D, Jackson D, Ladha C, Bartindale T, Bryan-Kinns N, Stockman T, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 38-47

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/2317956.2317964

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ISBN: 9781450312103