Movement Observation Framework

Collaboration with Shannon Cuykendal, Kristin Carlson, Thecla Schiphorst (SIAT – SFU), Karen Studd, Karen Bradley (LIMS)

In this research project, we investigate the value and challenges of observing movement experience in embodied design. We interviewed three design researchers selected from a CHI2014 panel on designing for the experiential body. For each designer, we analyzed a publication describing their process of observing movement experience. By analyzing the interviews and publications, we studied how these researchers observe movement and how they articulate it in their design process. From our study, we contribute a set of techniques for performing movement observation inspired by somatics and bodybased practices which we define as: attunement, attention, and kinesthetic empathy. We illustrate how these techniques have been applied by the selected researchers, and also highlight the remaining challenges related to articulating, translating, and sharing the felt movement experience in the context of design within HCI. Finally, we address these challenges by arguing for further exploration of movement frameworks from the fields of somatics, body-based practices, and movement studies as specific strategies that can be applied to HCI.

Publication: Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Thecla Schiphorst, Shannon Cuyckendal, Kristin Carlson, Karen Studd, Karen Bradley, “Strategies for Embodied Design: The Value and Challenges of Observing Movement”, In Proceedings of ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015, Glasgow, Scotland. CC2015-fdilialaouietal

Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Kristin Carlson, Shannon Cuyckendal, Karen Studd, Karen Bradley, Thecla Schiphorst “How Do Experts Observe Movement”, International Workshop on Movement and Computing (MOCO), Vancouver, 2015. MOCO15-Fdilialaouietal