Congratulations to Informatics grad student, Vrishti Gulati and Informatics faculty member Bonnie Nardi on having their paper, “Hi Kiosk! Help me plz. Performative interactions in a restaurant.”, accepted to the Ubicomp 2010- Designing for Performative Interactions in Public Spaces Workshop
Abstract:The paper explores issues of performance and identity in interactions with a self service kiosk in a fast food restaurant. This is studied in context of a youth populated site-a fast food restaurant at a University Campus. I conducted ethnography in a Jack in the Box restaurant, a popular American chain. The focus is looking at performative aspects in social and public settings. All interactions with the kiosk—the choice of using it to order food, glances, playful interactions, and looks when others are using it— are viewed as exhibits of performance. Even non-interactions and ignorance of the kiosk display an aspect of performance.
Congratulations Vrishti and Bonnie!