Shared-Screen Interaction: Engaging Groups in Map-Mediated Nonverbal Communication

  • Konstantinos Chorianopoulos
  • Tim Rieniets
Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)


This chapter describes the design and development of an interactive video installation that allows participants to explore a map narrative, and engage in group interactions through a shared screen. For this purpose, several layers of cartographic information were employed in a computer application, which was programmed with motion-tracking libraries in the open source tool processing. The interactive video installation has been chosen as a medium to achieve the following aims: (1) The visualization of urban-conflict as an interactive map narrative, and (2) the encouragement of social encounters through a shared screen. The development process begins with the design of interaction between the system and the participants, as well as between the participants themselves. Then we map the interaction design concepts into multimedia and architectural design. Finally, we provide a discussion on the creative process and the collaboration between different disciplines, such as architecture, urban planning, cartography, computer engineering, and media studies.


Motion Tracking Interaction Design Computer Support Cooperative Work Multimedia Design Ubiquitous Computing System 
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The work of Konstantinos Chorianopoulos was supported by the MEDIACITY project (, which is sponsored by the European Commission Marie Curie Host Fellowships for Transfer of Knowledge (MTKD-CT-2004-517121). The work of Tim Rieniets was funded by a grant form the ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Institute for Urban Design.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bauhaus University of WeimarWeimarGermany

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