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Affect and Atmosphere in Controlled Responsive Environments.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Simon Andreas, Torpus Jan, Heibach Christiane, Navarro José,
Project Gestaltete Unmittelbarkeit. Atmosphärisches Erleben in einer affektiv-responsiven Umgebung
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Place Toronto
DOI DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-39862-4


We explore the atmospheric potential and the affective connection between humans and their instrumented, responsive environments and develop corresponding artistic design strategies, evaluating ubicomp environments from a critical perspective, beyond pure application and usefulness. We have designed an abstract, cocoon-like, responsively mediated space and conducted a series of experiments with a total of 17 participants. Results show that participants experience affection, a coupling between themselves and the designed environment, and show strong cognitive engagement to understand and structure the environment through patterns of situation awareness and sensemaking.