Recently, the study of movement, motion, motility, and mobility has begun to take on a more central role in phenomenological philosophy, in cognitive sciences, in social sciences as the mobilities paradigm, in brain research concerning mirror neurons, and also in computer sciences. Bodily movements are said to be the generative source of our primal sense of aliveness and our primal capacity for sensemaking. When digital devices have constantly become more ubiquitous in terms of their size and weight, they have also acquired features that evoke more sensitive tactile-kinaesthetic experiences. To understand more profoundly embodied, kinaesthetically oriented interaction with digital devices, we need a more coherent theoretical foundation that can develop meaningful understanding of complex kinaesthetic and affective aspects as they appear through bodily movements. This research project aims at shifting the focal point of interaction design as UX (user experience) and material devices to understanding movements and social interaction generated by digital interfaces. Developing a choreography-based methodology for analysing human-computer interaction, we do not focus on single gestures and postures but our aim is to explore affective connections or disconnections, patterns or routines people create within digital devices in their everyday life. This project is funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation in 2013-2014. The research group is multi-disciplinary and collaborative, and includes researchers at the University of Tampere and the University of Jyväskylä with a range of research interests and expertise related to philosophy, information sciences, cognitive sciences and music research.
Project directors: PhD researcher Jaana Parviainen (University of Tampere) & PhD researcher Antti Pirhonen (University of Jyväskylä)
Researchers: PhD researcher Kai Tuuri (University of Jyväskylä), PhD researcher Jaakko Hakulinen (University of Tampere/TAUCHI), PhD researcher Tomi Heimonen (University of Tampere/TAUCHI)