Studying kinesthetics creativity

Studying kinesthetics creativity

Research Project

Research in the context of the PhD of Stacy Hsueh supervised by Wendy E. Mackay and Sarah Fdili Alaoui

Kinaesthetic creativity refers to the body’s ability to generate alternate futures in activities such as role-playing in participatory design workshops. This has relevance not only to the design of methods for inspiring creativity but also to the design of systems that promote engaging experiences via bodily interaction. This work developed by Stacy Hsueh probes this creative process by studying how dancers use interactive technology to generate ideas. We developed a series of parameterized interactive visuals and asked dance practitioners to use them in generating movement materials. From our study, we define a taxonomy that comprises of different relationships and perceptions dancers form with regards to technology. Against this framework, we describe six different interaction styles and demonstrates how dancer’s creativity is driven by the ability to shift between these styles. We then provide a view on technology’s role in supporting kinaesthetic creativity.


Stacy Hsueh, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, and Wendy E Mackay. “Understanding Kinaesthetic Creativity in Dance”. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Glasgow 2019 Hsueh et al – CHI2019

Stacy Hsueh, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, and Wendy E Mackay. “ Deconstructing Creativity: Non-Linear Processes and Fluid Roles in Contemporary Music and Dance”. in Proceedings of the ACM  Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Austin 2019 Honourable Mention.