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Metaphone: machine aesthetics meets interaction design

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Metaphone: machine aesthetics meets interaction design
Through our art project, Metaphone, we explored a particular form of aesthetics referred to in the arts tradition as machine aesthetics. The Metaphone machine collects the participant’s bio-data, Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and Heart Rate (HR), creating a process of movement, painting and sound. The machine behaves in machine-like, aesthetically evocative ways: a shaft on two large wheels rotates on the floor, carrying paint that is dripped onto a large sheet of aquarelle paper on the floor according to bio-sensor data. A soundscape rhythmically follows the bio-sensor data, but also has its own machine-like sounds. Six commentators were invited to interact with the machine. They reported a strangely relaxing atmosphere induced by the machine. Based on these experiences we discuss how different art styles can help to describe aesthetics in interaction design generally, and how machine aesthetics in particular can be used to create interesting, sustained, stylistically coherent inter...
Vygandas Simbelis, Anders Lundström, Kristina
Added 27 Apr 2014
Updated 27 Apr 2014
Type Journal
Year 2014
Where CHI
Authors Vygandas Simbelis, Anders Lundström, Kristina Höök, Jordi Solsona, Vincent Lewandowski
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