Interactive arts and disability: a conceptual model toward understanding participation

Jonathan Duckworth, James Hullick, Shigenori Mochizuki, Sarah Pink, Christine Imms, Peter H. Wilson

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In this paper we explore how social aspects of group interaction and the physical affordances of interactive technology may be exploited to enhance the participation of people with a disability in creative, artistic activity. Participation per se is conceptualized using a current framework known as the family of Participation Related Constructs—fPRC, an ecological approach derived from a biopsychosocial health model. Taking an integrative approach, we blend current theory on participation, interaction design and community art to explore how group play and performance can foster inclusive participation in the arts and contribute to a positive change in personal (and collective) wellbeing. We describe two interactive arts projects called Resonance and Wheelchair DJ that provide examples of participation and performance in communities with a disability and reflect upon the workshop models that facilitate the creative expression of individuals and the group. We conclude with a discussion on the potentially transformative effects of participation in the arts by people with a disability and our gaps in our understanding of how to evaluate the notion of participation as a means—a medium through which person-related attributes and creative activity are developed in the longer-term.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation
Subtitle of host publication8th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2019 and 4th EAI International Conference, DLI 2019 Aalborg, Denmark, November 6–8, 2019 Proceedings
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030532949
ISBN (Print)9783030532932
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Arts and Technology 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Conference number: 8th (Website) (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


ConferenceInternational Conference on Arts and Technology 2019
Abbreviated titleArtsIT 2019
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  • Disability
  • Ethnography
  • Interaction design
  • Interactive art
  • Participation
  • Sonic arts

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