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.
Benford,S., Greenhalgh, C., Giannachi, G., Walker, B., Marshall, J., Rodden, T. 2012, Uncomfortable Interactions. Proceedings of CHI 2012: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA. Awarded best paper award (top 1% of submissions) PDF