Love in the City/Tempus project

This project features an original autobiographical play by a young actress who is reminiscing about love and lost love at the exact places where it took place. Listeners will be taken through the city and hear the story, while seeing the places of the events. Our research study focuses on how audience members are able to follow a fragmented story and weave it into their own experience of the city. One main feature is the real-time following of the actress that audience members will have access to. Involved people: Simon Jarbrant, Carl Swanberg (students), Rebecka Pershagen (actress), Louise Barkhuus (academic advisor).

Privacy issues of friend-focused location sharing

Location-sharing among known people has been possible through commercial applications on mobile phones for several years, yet few people take advantages of this and the concept is often rejected as privacy invasive and unnecessary. But with a majority of people using smart phones as their personal device, it is an option that has been under-explored so far. This project explores settings of close friends sharing location and place amongst themselves to find the specific circumstances of usefulness and the contrasting breaking down of privacy norms. The project is in its initial phase. People involved: Emily Schildt, Martin Leinfors, Louise Barkhuus (advisor).

Meaningful engagement with mobile location-based theater

Maryam: Location oriented mobile drama, performed in collaboration with the Royal Dramatic Theater and RATS Theater. In this project we explore how the audience is able to engage in a meaningful way with the surroundings through their mobile experiences with the drama. In a critical stance towards the notion of immersion, we are analyzing experiences from the showings of the play in Spring 2013. People involved: Rebecca Forsberg, Chiara Rossito, Louise Barkhuus


Secondary small screen interaction with live events

This project explores interaction using individual video streams of the content parallel to a live experience. Our research so far focusses on live music and dance performances, where the audience had the opportunity to follow the show on their own tablet, with live video, able to zoom and pan around. Our goal is to determine the feasibility of such scenario and explore audience actual interactions with secondary views of live performances. People involved: Louise Barkhuus, Arvid Engstrom, Goranka Zoric. The study was presented at CHI 2014 as a full paper.

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