Performing apps touch and gesture as aesthetic experience

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Performing apps touch and gesture as aesthetic experience
Author(s) Engberg, Maria
Date 2013
English abstract
This paper is concerned with aesthetic explorations of tactility and sensuality that contemporary multitouch gesture technologies offer. I explore the provocative performative space that is created in the feedback loop of the (popular) modernist interface design and engineering of Apple’s various iPhones and iPads and the multifarious aesthetic, musical, graphic, and textual interfaces of applications created by musicians, artists and writers. The paper is grounded in a comparative analysis of interfaces, focusing on the “dance of gestures” and its tight link to representation via that digital touch, the movement of the device, and the interfacial aesthetic elements of sound, image, and text. Among the interfaces/experiences studied are Björk’s biophilia, Opertoon’s Strange Rain, Jörg Piringer’s abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz and Jason Edward Lewis’s Speak. The dialogic between interface design and engineered interaction of the iPad’s LCD touchscreen extends to the user who, through sensory engagement, partakes in the aesthetic event. The paper argues that the touch-based works foreground a performative event, or, as I call it, an instance of polyaesthetics.
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Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Performance Research : A Journal of the Performing Arts;5
Volume 18
ISSN 1352-8165
Pages 20-27
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) digital media
iPad applications
Humanities/Social Sciences
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