Uncomfortable Interactions (ACM CHI 2012 Best Paper award)

An uncomfortable interaction

Our paper Uncomfortable Interactions (Steve Benford, Chris Greenhalgh, Gabriella Giannachi, Brendan Walker, Joe Marshall, Tom Rodden) won a best paper award at ACM CHI 2012. PDF version.

This paper discusses situations in which interface designers may wish to deliberately create discomfort as part of an experience. It focuses on two experiences – the Breathless interactive swing ride, and Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, an interactive performance by Blast Theory.