A Short Film About VJs: Using Documentary Film to Engage Performers in Design (2009)

Author(s): Hook J, Green D, Olivier P

    Abstract: VJing is a live performance of visual media. In their performances VJs utlize technologies in ways which subvert and evolve current interfaces; presenting qualities such as performativeness and expression. By developing interfaces in direct response to a VJ's work, we can learn how to develop fresh styles of interaction. The subtle nuances of a VJ's use of technology may not be achieved through a simple observation or dialogue with VJs; as they are difficult to decouple from the performer's creative process. In this film we present a design process that utilizes video documentary to explore the working practices of a collection of VJs. The documentary frames our engagement with the creative processes which shape an individual artist's performance. We describe the process detailing the initial creation of the documentary, and a participatory design workshop inspired by the film. We conclude with an example of how the process has been used in the design of a personal interactive tool for one of our participants.

    Notes: Conference proceedings and extended abstracts on DVD.

      • Date: 4-9 April 2009
      • Conference Name: CHI 2009: Digital Life, New World. The 27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
      • Pages: 3491-3492
      • Publisher: ACM
      • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: creativity support tools, participatory design / cooperative design, user-centered design / human-centered design


      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction