Embodied Interaction

Embodied Interaction #


Content #

The course presents embodied interaction through lectures, technical demonstrations, and discussions on various related topics. The focus is on creating experimental interactive systems for interactive installations and performances.

The students will explore the topic through readings, small assignments, and a final project presented at the end of the course.

Learning Outcomes #

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop embodied interactive systems using various techniques and tools, such as gesture recognition, computer-vision tools and biometric sensors.
  • Identify and explain the roles of the body, space, and social interaction in designing interactive experiences.
  • Apply the notion of proxemics to their creative practice.
  • Identify and apply theoretical frameworks for embodied interaction
  • Outline and explain historical and contemporary examples of embodied interaction in the context of interactive art and HCI research.

Spaces, Studios and Workshops #

  • The classes always start in room L208, we will also do some experiments in room G203 (Experimental Studio) each lecture.
  • Throughout the entire period, room G203 is booked for us for working. There will be some Desktop PCs with Touchdesigner installed, projectors, and other equipment for you to use.
  • The Media Lab Home Base room O102 is also equipped with a projector, two powerful computers with TouchDesigner installed, surround sound and other equipment. Use that room also for working independently.
  • If needed, I can book the room R106 for independent work for you. It has HTC Vive Pro, two projectors, DMX lights, and a powerful computer with TD installed.
  • Use mfavdi.aalto.fi to remotely access the L208 computers with TouchDesigner
  • Mechatronics (G014) is available for you to use
  • Aalto Fab Lab is available for you to use.
  • Book the the Open photostudio whenever you need to use it.

Deliverables & Evaluation #

Deliverables #

You have to do the following to complete this course:

  • Actively attend the classes, show up, don’t be late, participate, help others. (If the topic of a specific class is already familiar to you, use your time working on your project or in some other constructive way.)
  • Complete the gesture assignment
  • Complete a final project
  • Deliver a documentation video and write-up of your final project

You have two options for the final project of this course:

  • An audiovisual performance done either individually or in a group of 2-3 students. This performance will be livestreamed on Friday, April 8. More details soon. This is specifically for the people also taking Audiovisual Studio.
  • Creating an artwork/artifact/experience for the combined exhibition of Audiovisual Studio and Embodied Interaction courses. The project for the exhibition can also be done either individually or in a group of 2-3 students. The work should be ready by April 8, 15:00. More details on the exhibition will be added here as things are confirmed.

Evaluation #

This course is evaluated 0-5

  • 5: Excellent
  • 4: Very Good
  • 3: Good
  • 2: Satisfactory
  • 1: Poor
  • 0: Fail

You will be graded based on the following criteria

  • Active attendance to classes and discussions (25% of the grade).
    • Minimum 80% attendance (being sick or other emergency is a valid reason to not to be present)
    • Your attitude and activeness in class
  • The final project (50% of the grade). You will be evaluated based on:
    • Aesthetic quality of the work
    • Novelty and creativity of the concept
    • Critical approach to the topic
    • Command of the technology
    • Attention to detail
  • Documentation of the final project (25% of the grade). You will evaluated based on:
    • Critical reflection on your own work
    • Quality of the audiovisual documentation
    • The amount of detail and depth in the documentation

Schedule | Spring 2022 #

PLEASE NOTE: THERE MIGHT BE STILL SOME SMALL CHANGES TO THE TOPICS.

Period IV #

Week 1 #

TIME MON 28.02. TUE 01.03. WED 02.03. THU 03.03. FRI 04.03.
09:15–12:00 AV Studio: Introduction, Touchdesigner Basics AV Studio: Media Archaeology, Phantasmagoria and Magic Lanterns, TouchDesigner basics EI: A Brief History of Interactive Systems and HCI EI: Proxemics, Assignment #1
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 2 #

TIME MON 07.03. TUE 08.03. WED 09.03. THU 10.03. FRI 11.03.
09:15–12:00 AV Studio: Abstract Animation, Experimental Films, Working with 3D in TouchDesigner AV Studio: Visual Music, Audio Analysis in TouchDesigner EI: Depth Cameras, Kinect & Skeleton Tracking EI: Assignment #1 presentations, Embodied Interaction
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 3 #

TIME MON 14.03. TUE 15.03. WED 16.03. THU 17.03. FRI 18.03.
09:15–12:00 Matti is in admissions interviews: AV Studio: Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram AV Studio: John Whitney, Scanimate Matti is in admissions interviews: EI: Posenet, Face Tracking, Hand tracking, Project Proposal
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 4 #

TIME MON 21.03. TUE 22.03. WED 23.03. THU 24.03. FRI 25.03.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Video Art AV Studio: Projection Mapping EI: Biosensors EI: Lidars
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 5 #

TIME MON 28.03. TUE 29.03. WED 30.03. THU 31.03. FRI 01.04.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Livestreaming from TouchDesigner AV Studio: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 6 #

TIME MON 04.04. TUE 05.04. WED 06.04. THU 07.04. FRI 08.04.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Project work & tutoring AV Studio: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 7 (Workshop Week) #

TIME MON 11.04. TUE 12.04. WED 13.04. THU 14.04. FRI 15.04.
09:15–12:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 GOOD FRIDAY
13:15–15:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY
15:15–17:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY