taking place in educational and
research settings, and at international
conferences (e.g., CHI and TEI).
Training of novice interaction
designers includes workshops that
integrate somatic and technical
learning; for example, learning how
to design and program movement
and haptic interfaces using physical
computing is complemented with
somatic inquiry into kinaesthetic and
We envision the transformative
potential of somatics in HCI and
interaction design, contributing to
a world where the interconnection
between the mind and body is valued
and the skills of experience are
cultivated to improve quality of life.
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Lian Loke is senior lecturer in the Sydney
School of Architecture, Design, and Planning
at the University of Sydney. She is interested
in exploring how new technologies are
impacting the lived body and its possibilities
for expression and transformation through
embodied interaction methodologies.
Thecla Schiphorst is associate director
and associate professor in the School of
Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon
or research process. The awareness
and refinement of one’s somatic self as
an instrument of knowledge through
first-person observation underpins
this accountability. Just as important,
somatic approaches include second-person empathic modes of observation
and knowledge generation, which
can support others in accessing and
articulating their particular somatic