New Media Arts and Human–Computer Interaction: Forming Aesthetic Interaction

By Hsiu Ching Hsieh.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The paradigm of aesthetics in new media arts emphasizes user participation, operation and action. People’s daily online interactions, such as shopping, checking emails and searching for information on the Web can be identified as information behaviors. Today, artists need to develop interfaces and audience interaction with information structures and contents. According to Manovich (2001), post-media aesthetics needs categories that can depict how a cultural object organizes data and how it structures the audience’s experience of the data. Within the above context, the ways to design users’ experiences of interacting with information structures is one of the key issues in new media art. This research will apply human movement theories and the notion of usability in human–computer interaction. It will also consider Dewey’s (1987) idea of aesthetics being “art as experience” as it applies to interactive design. The research will describe how, in interactive design, the movement paradigm can be aligned with user experience to enable a mutual and open process of affecting and being affected. Based on these theoretical understandings, a framework of interactive design will be proposed to contribute to new media arts. This paper is intended to introduce new media artists to a new framework for interactive design which is suited to the expression of art.

Keywords: Information Interface, Cultural Object

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.201-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.265MB).

Dr. Hsiu Ching Hsieh

Assistant Professor, Department of Creative Design, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Yunlin, Taiwan

Dr. Hsieh is an assistant professor in National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. In 2008, she received a PhD degree in human centered design from Brunel University in the UK. Her PhD research topic addressed A New Model for Cross-cultural Web design. While she studied for her PhD degree, she also taught visual and webpage design in the Department of Industrial Design at Brunel University. From 1999 to 2005, Hsieh taught at Chin Min Institute of Technology as an instructor in the Department of Visual Communication Design. Before she joined Chin Min, she had experience in industry, such as visual graphic designer in China General Plastics Company, art director in Dicher Multimedia Company, and graphic designer in Hess Language School. Along with the challenges of teaching a wide variety of courses, Hsieh continues her research in social and cultural aspects, human-computer interaction, and visual communication design, as well as participating in the Human Computer Interaction conference. She submits papers to design journals regularly. Besides teaching and publishing papers, Hsieh also has carried out many different kinds of design projects, organized many conferences and workshops.


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