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Performance-Led Research in the Wild

Benford, Steve; Adams, Matt; Tandavanitj, Nick; Row Farr, Ju; Greenhalgh, Chris; Crabtree, Andy; Flintham, Martin; Walker, Brendan; Marshall, Joe; Koleva, Boriana; Rennick Egglestone, Stefan; Giannachi, Gabriella


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Dunford Chair in Computer Science

Matt Adams

Nick Tandavanitj

Ju Row Farr

Brendan Walker

Gabriella Giannachi


We explore the approach of performance-led research in the wild in which artists drive the creation of novel performances with the support of HCI researchers that are then deployed and studied at public performance in cultural settings such as galleries, festivals and on the city streets. We motivate the approach and then describe how it consists of three distinct activities -- practice, studies and theory -- that are interleaved in complex ways through nine different relationships. We present a historical account of how the approach has evolved over a fifteen-year period, charting the evolution of a complex web of projects, papers, and relationships between them. We articulate the challenges of pursuing each activity as well as overarching challenges of balancing artistic and research interests, flexible management of relationships, and finally ethics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2018
Journal ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Print ISSN 1073-0516
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 1-22
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