Prague Quadrennial Flashtalk

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project leader
  • Researched, created, and executed a 10-minute research presentation at a theatre design conference in Prague
  • Panelist discussing and answering questions on the topic of technology and live performance

Presentation Title and Description:

Improvising with Performer-Controlled Technology during the Rehearsal Process

In scripted theatre, technical effects are often only incorporated with the actors in cue-to-cue and dress rehearsals. Improvising with technical effects during the rehearsal process could uncover issues early, or express alternative ways to craft the performance. Our goal is to demonstrate how technology can be incorporated into the rehearsal process and encourage experimentation with technology.

Publication:

(thesis) Technology Augmented Props: Tangible User Interfaces for Performer Controlled Technical Elements in Improvised Theatre 

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Project Team:

Claire Mikalauskas
Lora Oehlberg
April Viczko

 

 

Beyond the Bare Stage

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project leader
  • Coordinated and executed three 90-minute user study sessions with a total of five professional improvisers (included video-recording, demographic questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews)
  • Transcribed all video-recordings and performed open coding on the data
  • Primary writer of the full length research paper based on the data from our user study
  • Researched, created, and executed a 20-minute presentation at a computer science conference in Arizona

Presentation:

TEI 2019 (Tempe, Arizona)

Publication:

(thesis) Technology Augmented Props: Tangible User Interfaces for Performer Controlled Technical Elements in Improvised Theatre 

Claire Mikalauskas, April Viczko, and Lora Oehlberg. 2018. Beyond the Bare Stage: Exploring Props as Potential Improviser-Controlled Technology. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 35-43. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3294109.3295631

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Project Team:

Claire Mikalauskas
April Viczko
Lora Oehlberg

 

Performing with an Improv Robot

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project leader
  • Primary designer of Robot Improv Puppet Theatre
  • Coordinated and lead a 2-hour user study with 7 professional improvisers participating (included video-recording, demographic questionnaires, system walk-through, semi-structured group interview, and time for the actors to use the system/perform with the system)
  • Transcribed video-recordings of user study and performed open coding on the data
  • Primary writer for our full length research paper based on the data from our user study
  • Researched, created, and executed a 20-minute presentation at a computer science conference in Hong Kong
  • Helped coordinate demos
  • Performed as an improviser alongside our robot in all demos

System Design:

Demos:

UIST 2017 Student Innovation Contest (Quebec City)
Interactions Lab Demo Day 2018 (University of Calgary)
Computer Science Showcase 2018 (University of Calgary)
DIS 2018 (Hong Kong)
Beakerhead 2018 (Calgary)

Presentation:

DIS 2018 (Hong Kong)

Publications:

Frederik Højlund Westergård, Jonathan Komang-Sønderbek, Malthe Emil Blichfeldt, Jonas Fritsch, Tiffany Wun, Claire Mikalauskas, Kevin Ta, Joshua Horacsek, Lora Oehlberg, Daisuke Uriu, William Odom, Mei-Kei Lai, Masahiko Inami, Harvey Bewley, and Laurens Boer. 2019. Demo hour. Interactions 26, 2 (February 2019), 10-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3309719

Claire Mikalauskas, Tiffany Wun, Kevin Ta, Joshua Horacsek, and Lora Oehlberg. 2018. Improvising with an Audience-Controlled Robot Performer. In Proceedings of the 2018 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2018 (DIS ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 657-666. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3196709.3196757

Tiffany Wun, Claire Mikalauskas, Kevin Ta, Joshua Horacsek, and Lora Oehlberg. 2018. RIPT: Improvising with an Audience-Sourced Performance Robot. In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (DIS ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 323-326. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3197391.3205397

Project Team:

Claire Mikalauskas
Tiffany Wun
Kevin Ta
Joshua John Horacsek
Lora Oehlberg