Playful furniture: breaching a serious setting with interactive seats

Kultima, Annakaisa and Nummenmaa, Timo and Tyni, Heikki and Stenros, Jaakko and Kankainen, Ville and Holopainen, Jussi and Mäyrä, Frans (2018) Playful furniture: breaching a serious setting with interactive seats. Games and Culture, 13 (3). pp. 301-321. ISSN 1555-4120

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Abstract

Are shaggy seats which make cute noises playful or disruptive in a conference setting? This article pushes the limits of game scholars’ lusory attitude by breaching an academic seminar with a playful experiment. Five MurMur Moderator seats, interactive and interruptive furniture prototypes, were set up at a game research seminar where they were used as ambient elements during the presentations. The experience was evaluated by observation, accompanied with seminar tweets, and by conducting a small survey after the seminar. The experiences of the participants varied from enthusiastically positive to strong negative feelings. Through this experiment, we were able to explore the important issue of polarized attitudes of adults toward play and provide some food for thought for the future design of adult play.

Keywords:playful furniture, breaching experiment, adult play, auditive play, ambient play, conference games
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W260 Furniture Design
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 10:20

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