Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2013 Vol.6, No.4

 

 

Title: Balancing justice: comparing whole body and controller-based interaction for an abstract domain

 

Authors: Alissa N. Antle; Greg Corness; Allen Bevans

 

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School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University Surrey, 250-13450 102 Avenue Surrey, B.C., V3T 0A3, Canada
School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University Surrey, 250-13450 102 Avenue Surrey, B.C., V3T 0A3, Canada
School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University Surrey, 250-13450 102 Avenue Surrey, B.C., V3T 0A3, Canada

 

Abstract: In this paper, we present a quantitative, comparative study of a multimedia environment about social justice that users can control using whole body interaction or a simple control device. We explore the efficacy of using embodied metaphor-based whole body interaction compared to controller-based interaction for an abstract domain (social justice). We describe how conceptual metaphor theory can be applied to the design of a whole body interaction model, focusing on the twin-pan balance image schema and its metaphorical elaboration that structures the concept of balance in social justice. We describe the Springboard system, our methodology and results from a study with 76 participants. Our results indicate that participants were able to interact with our system using both input approaches. However, participants in the whole body group were more deeply impacted by their experiences related to social justice than those in the control device group.

 

Keywords: embodied interaction; whole body interaction; embodied schema; image schema; social justice; interactive environments; movement interaction; conceptual metaphor theory; multimedia; control devices.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2013.058285

 

Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2013 Vol.6, No.4, pp.388 - 409

 

Available online: 13 Dec 2013

 

 

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