Performative Experience Design

I am a human-computer interaction, experience design, and performance researcher working in the field of Performative Experience Design. My research combines performance theory and practice - performance like the kind on a stage, not like the speed of your processor! - with design research. My aim is to create meaningful and potentially transformational experiences with technology.

My book, Performative Experience Design, is part of Springer's Cultural Computing Series.

My current research develops Performative Experience Design (PED), an emerging field situated between human-computer interaction and performance studies. The PED framework combines approaches from HCI/IxD and performance studies, giving experience and interaction designers new tools for interacting with technology - and giving performers new tools for working with intermedial performance.

The PED approach can be applied to any situation where people interact with digital technology in a 'performative' way - meaning in front of other people, like an audience, or on their own, as if rehearsing how they will present themselves to others.

Since January 2016 I have been working at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. My current role is Research Fellow on the GIFT project, Meaningful Personalization of Hybrid Virtual Museum Experiences Through Gifting and Appropriation, EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Grant 727040. My focus is on supporting the design and development of tools for everyday and artistic approaches to gifting museum experiences, with an emphasis on theoretical contributions.

Last year I led the team creating The Rough Mile, a two-part experience for gifting digital music between pairs of friends. The first part was a locative audio walk performance that led to the creation of an audio gift for a friend made up of a selection of songs combined with audio snippets of commentary or reflection from the friend. This small project was part of the FAST project, EPSRC Programme Grant reference EP/L019981/1. See the past projects page for details.