Interactive Experience in the Digital Age

Part of the series Springer Series on Cultural Computing pp 153-168


Blending Art Events and HCI Research

  • Derek ReillyAffiliated withFaculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University Email author 
  • , Fanny ChevalierAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • , Dustin FreemanAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Toronto

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We present experiences as artists and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers exhibiting an interactive artwork called Tweetris at a public event, and its simultaneous research evaluation. We describe the unique opportunities a public art event offered for achieving our research goals, then discuss three key challenges we encountered: tensions between creative and research goals before the event, ethical considerations during the event and in analysis, and obstacles complicating subsequent evaluation as the work has evolved. We offer observations throughout that are important to consider when conducting HCI research at public art events.