Professionals and Non-professionals: The Journey into Space

  • Stuart Reeves
Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


The Journey into Space was a two-day event that employed an interactive torch (flashlight) system to aid storytelling to small groups of children. By pointing the torch at various targets located on surrounding walls, sounds may be triggered. The story itself unfolds in a series of stages, some of which involve the storyteller instructing and directing participant use of the torch in order to play the sounds at appropriate moments in the story’s trajectory. Building on the observations of One Rock, the study develops a distinction between non-professionals and professionals, moving beyond participants (the children) to consider the role of the actor (the storyteller). In presenting this new label, the study demonstrates how the actor crafts the performance via a variety of methods, such as managing handovers and delivering instruction, in order to manage both desirable and undesirable interactions with the technology. A key emerging skill for the actor is the ability to guide the participants around a complex space of manipulations, effects and potential interference resulting from the space in which the torch technology is deployed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Horizon Digital Economy ResearchUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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