Bodily experience and imagination: designing ritual interactions for participatory live-art contexts

Lian Loke*, George Poonkhin Khut, A. Baki Kocaballi

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We are exploring new possibilities for bodily-focused aesthetic experiences within participatory live-art contexts. As artist-researchers, we are interested in how we can understand and shape bodily experience and imagination as primary components of an interactive aesthetic experience, sonically mediated by digital biofeedback technologies. Through the making of a participatory live-art installation, we illustrate how we used the Bodyweather performance methodology to inform the design of ritual interactions intended to reframe the audience experience of self, body and the world through imaginative processes of scaling and metaphor. We report on the insights into the varieties of audience experience gathered from audience testing of the prototype artwork, with a particular focus on the relationship between the embodied imagination and felt sensation; the influence of objects and costume; and the sonically mediated experience of physiological processes of breathing and heartbeat. We offer some reflections on the use of ritual and scripted interactions as a strategy for facilitating coherent forms of bodily experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450312103
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems Conference, DIS '12 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jun 201215 Jun 2012


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems Conference, DIS '12
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle Upon Tyne


  • art
  • biofeedback
  • bodily experience
  • Bodyweather
  • embodied imagination
  • live-art
  • participation
  • ritual interaction
  • somatics

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