Curious rituals

“Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday is a design research project conducted during a summer residency in the Media Design Practices studio at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) in July-August 2012. This project aimed at exploring gestures, postures and digital rituals that typically emerged with the use of digital technologies (computers, mobile phones, sensors, robots, etc.) These practices can be seen as the results of a co-construction between technical/physical constraints, contextual variables, designers intents and people’s understanding. We can see them as an intriguing focus of interest to envision the future of material culture. “Curious Rituals” consists in a documentation of existing gestures and a design fiction movie that speculates about their evolution.

Nicolas Nova is both Professor at HEAD-Genève (Geneva University of Arts and Design) and consultant/researcher at the Near Future Laboratory. He is interested in applying ethnography to design research in the context of digital technologies.
Katie Miyake, Nancy Kwon and Walton Chiu are currently MFA candidates at the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California).

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