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Interaction Design Theater

Interaction design, like theater, depends on the performances of human actors to realize its aesthetic expression. Interaction designers create software code much like theater scripts, while users often ignore them and improvise. Drawing from the analogy of Computer as Theater proposed by Brenda Laurel and the Theater of the Oppressed developed by Augusto Boal, this method mixes embodied practices of designing and acting to criticize oppressive interactions and create liberating interactions mediated by computer technology.

Digital Privilege Walk
Digital Newspaper Theater
Codesign Forum Theater
Puppet Prototyping Theater


Rodrigo Freese Gonzatto and Frederick M. C. van Amstel. 2017. Designing oppressive and libertarian interactions with the conscious body. In Proceedings of the XVI Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems(IHC 2017). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 22, 10 pages. DOI:

Categories: Methods & Tools.

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