International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media. 2005, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p147-173. 27p.
INTERACTIVE art, DIGITAL media, NEW product development, DANCE, PROTOTYPES, MASS media, and SOCIETIES
This article explores the new phenomenon of 'user testing' and response behaviour for interactive digital installations and programmed environments. After contextualizing the concept of interactivity, it addresses issues relevant to the research in participatory artforms, interaction design, production development (prototyping) and scientific testing comparing interactive dance and digital installations. As a test case, the author describes the DAMPF (Dance and Media Performance Fusions) Lab, a collaborative project supported by various European media organizations, in order to report on the specific challenges arising in the prototyping of interaction design for participatory environments which ask the user to engage a responsive system. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]