School Seminar: Hybrid gifting: Using digital technologies to create meaningful connections


What makes a gift a gift? Getting it from a loved one, tearing open the wrapping paper, feeling appreciated? What about digital gifts? Clicking on a link...? Researchers at the University of Nottingham's Mixed Reality Lab have been exploring the idea of hybrid gifts for the past few years, including edible digital gifts and using locative audio performance to turn playlists into emotionally meaningful gifts. Now the EPSRC-funded GIFT project takes us into a new domain: museums and heritage centres. Together with Uppsala University, ITU Copenhagen, and a number of industry partners, we are designing ways for museum visitors to give and receive hybrid gifts in an effort to increase engagement. This talk will briefly introduce our previous work and then describe our first year on this project, collaborating with artist collective Blast Theory. The initial piece of work is an app that guides visitors through the process of making hybrid gifts out of museum objects. Findings have led to planned new approaches incorporating VR, AR, and 3D scanning and printing. 

Jocelyn Spence combines interaction design and theatrical performance to pursue meaningful interactions mediated by technology. She has held research fellowships through the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. Her framework of Performative Experience Design forms the basis of projects discussed in the HCI and intermedial performance communities. She brings expertise in performance studies and digital storytelling to a variety of topics in experience design. Her current research seeks to develop gifting interactions in museum settings.

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