WallBots: Interactive wall-crawling robots in the hands of public artists and political activists

Stacey Kuznetsov, Eric Paulos, Mark D. Gross

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Abstract

Street art and political activism have a rich history of shaping urban landscapes. Our work explores the processes by which public artists and political activists contribute to public spaces, introducing opportunities for HCI researchers to engage with the people who shape the aesthetic feel of our cities. We present WallBots-autonomous, wall-crawling robots as a research probe for public expression across a wide range of surfaces and hard-to-reach places, including bus stops, whiteboards, streetpoles, trashcans, moving vehicles and building walls. We evaluate WallBots as a low-cost DIY authoring tool for public artists and activists. Our study of six individuals who extensively contribute to public spaces offers insights into the materials and practices behind grassroots public expression. We then leverage feedback from participants, among them a graffiti artist, light painter, political activists, and street musician, to evaluate interaction techniques for manipulating WallBots as a medium for public expression across a range of surfaces. Our findings expose a research space for technological interventions in the context of street art, and we conclude with design insights for magnetic kinetic systems as an approach for supporting engagement, expression and creativity in public spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Pages208-217
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2010
Event8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2010 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Aug 16 2010Aug 20 2010

Publication series

NameDIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

Other

Other8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2010
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period8/16/108/20/10

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Keywords

  • autonomous agents
  • public spaces
  • street art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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Kuznetsov, S., Paulos, E., & Gross, M. D. (2010). WallBots: Interactive wall-crawling robots in the hands of public artists and political activists. In DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 208-217). (DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems). https://doi.org/10.1145/1858171.1858208