RAW: Conveying minimally-mediated impressions of everyday life with an audio-photographic tool

Joëlle Bitton, Stefan Agamanolis, Matthew Karau

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Abstract

This paper traces the development of RAW, a system combining a tool and a process for capturing and conveying audiovisual impressions of everyday life, The project aims to enable a relationship between the user of the tool and an audience in a different place or time with an absolute minimum of editorial mediation by a third party. The tool itself incorporates a digital camera and a binaural audio recording device that captures the minute of sound before and after a picture is taken. To inform the design process, we tested prototypes in a progression of three studies within different cultural contexts in Ireland, France, and Mali. We present the results of these experiences, in which we observed among our participants an emerging set of ways of exploiting the tool for different purposes: social glances, depictions of activities, active documentation, and intentional discourses. We also discuss more generally the advantages and pitfalls of multicultural analyses of prototype technologies like the one we undertook.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages495-502
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004
Event2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 24 2004Apr 29 2004

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Other2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period4/24/044/29/04

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Audiophotography
  • Binaural sound recording
  • Contextual audio
  • Cultural exchange
  • Everyday life
  • Mali
  • Memory
  • Multicultural studies
  • Photography
  • Storytelling
  • Unedited media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Bitton, J., Agamanolis, S., & Karau, M. (2004). RAW: Conveying minimally-mediated impressions of everyday life with an audio-photographic tool. 495-502. Paper presented at 2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004, Vienna, Austria.