From December 2015 to May 2018, we have been collaborating with Plàudite Teatre – Espai d’Arts Escèniques in the project Magical Movements. The main goal was to explore novel co-design methods with and for children for Full-Body interactive experiences. Therefore, we particularly focused on techniques based on theatre practise that promote embodied awareness.

The potential of these techniques was explored in the context of the design of an interactive experience focusing on the Shakespeare’s theatre play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The play describes the unstable balance between the worlds of magic and reality. Twelve children and two theatre teachers of the school participated in the co-design process. The goal of the interactive experience was to contextualize the core concepts of the play and to facilitate users to better understand children’s interpretations around the values and worldviews arising in the narrative.

A short overview of the project and first examples of a prototype using these techniques has been presented by Televisió L’Hospitalet. You can watch the report and an interview with the co-design team here (in Catalan, starting from 09.12 min):

The preliminary outcomes of the project have been published in the International Conference of Child-Computer Interaction.

Marie-Monique Schaper and Narcis Pares. (2016). Making sense of Body and Space through Full-Body Interaction Design: A case study. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2930674.2935992
See conference poster IDC’16

We also plan to publish the final results in international conferences and journals. Furthermore, we will exhibit the prototype during a theatre event of Plàudite Teatre – Espai d’Arts Escèniques in May 2018. More information are coming soon.