Exploring Social Interaction With a Tangible Music Interface

Date

2016-06-20

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0953-5438

Volume Title

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article presents a video-based field study of the Reactable, a tabletop tangible user interface (TUI) for music performance, in a hands-on science centre. The goal was to investigate visitors’ social interactions in a public setting. We describe liminality and cross-group interaction, both synchronous with fluid transitions and overlaps in use between groups and asynchronous. Our findings indicate the importance of: (i) facilitating smooth transitions and overlaps between groups and (ii) supporting not only synchronous but also asynchronous group interaction. We discuss the lessons learned on how best to enable liminal situations in the design of interactive tabletops and TUIs for social interaction and particularly collaborative tangible music in public museum settings.

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Keywords

social interaction, collaboration, interactive tabletops, tangible user interfaces, tangible music, public settings, field study, liminality

Citation

Xambó, A., Hornecker, E., Marshall, P., Jordà, S., Dobbyn, C. and Laney, R., (2017) Exploring Social Interaction With a Tangible Music Interface. Interacting with Computers, 29(2), pp.248-270

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Research Institute

Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)