Media Culture and Theory – Seminar for Doctoral Studies

Physical Interaction, Koray Tahiroğlu

Module 2:
Date, time & place: Thursday, October 31, 2013, 13:00 – 15:00, Room 541

The idea with the physical interaction module here is to understand designing interactions from the embodied perspective, focusing on the physicality of the body, positioning the body at the center of interaction as the active component for creating meaning and aesthetics of the experience. The course builds on the previous research on embodied interaction, which will be discussed and introduced through Paul Dourish’s book called ”Where the Action is, the Foundations of Embodied Interaction”. Physical interaction module aims to bring up discussions on creative practices with new technologies from embodied interaction perspective, questioning “how it is possible to make computation fit in more naturally with the everyday world and as a way of enriching our experience with the physical artifacts?”. Further the course will discuss the attributes and foundations of such interaction in which we can understand what really makes us feel like the interaction we engage in is meaningful and worth doing.

In the second session of the physical interaction module, on Thursday November 7, Pentti Määttänen, will give a lecture entitled: ”From Physical Interaction to Embodied Meaning and Aesthetic Experience”. The lecture on November 7th will take place in the room 344. In the third session of this module, students will prepare and make their own presentations about the topic. The third session will take place in the room 541.

“From Physical Interaction to Embodied Meaning and Aesthetic experience”
by Pentti Määttänen

Physical interaction alone is enough to give an acting agent a structured model of the rigid 3d-environment. Interaction realized as a loop of perception and action gives tacit (non-linguistic) meanings. The world is experienced as possibilities of action (or affordances), and the outcomes of possible courses of action are considered (consciously and subconsciously) on the ground of the value of the anticipated experience. Emotions as signs of these values can be considered as outcomes of subconsious valuation and cognition with tacit meanings. These elements together give one possible way to conceptualize the character of aesthetic experience.