Situating Digital Interactivity: Explorations on Place and Embodiment in Interaction Design

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015, 3:00 PM

CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33

Marshall McLuhan once theorised technologies of electronic mediation as extensions of human beings’ corporeal reach, expanding the anthropologically defined limits of perception, control and interaction into greater distances and novel modalities. In contemporary environments, digital interaction acts more and more as the central form of conduit, the main interface of mediation, between two sensory spheres: the human and the spatial. Given these developments it becomes critical to understand new media through a phenomenologically-grounded framework that considers sensory-motor interaction, embodiment and sense of place. Within this broader philosophical agenda, Dr. Gokce Kinayoglu’s talk will focus on two specific research projects. The first is an Audio-Augmented Reality experiment that was done at the UC Berkeley Campus with the aim of analysing the influences of soundscape on environmental evaluations. The second one is the user-experience research carried out at the Hybridlab, which led to the creation of the embodied design interface and virtual environment Hyve-3D.

Gokce Kinayoglu is an architect, educator and interaction designer studying the influence of immersive and mobile interfaces, embodiment and multisensory perception pertaining to the experience and design of urban and architectural environments. He is the co-founder and creative director of the Montreal based Design Media Research Lab. He holds a PhD in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in New Media (2009). His doctoral research has focused on soundscapes and the study of embodied multi-sensory environmental perception in real virtual and augmented environments. He has taught as an adjunct professor in Interior Architecture and Digital+Media departments at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012 he joined Hybridlab, a research group at the School of Design at the University of Montreal where he contributed to the conception and development of Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), a room-size collaborative 3D Virtual Environment for architectural and industrial design.

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A PhD Candidate at Communications & New Media Programme, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
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