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Embodied Imagination: An Approach to Stroke Recovery Combining Participatory Performance and Interactive Technology

Rosella P Galindo Esparza, Patrick GT Healey, Lois Weaver, Matthew Delbridge

Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19 | ACM Press | Published : 2019


Participatory performance provides methods for exploring social identities and situations in ways that can help people to imagine new ways of being. Digital technologies provide tools that can help people envision these possibilities. We explore this combination through a performance workshop process designed to help stroke survivors imagine new physical and social possibilities by enacting fantasies of "things they always wanted to do". This process uses performance methods combined with specially designed real-time movement visualisations to progressively build fantasy narratives that are enacted with and for other workshop participants. Qualitative evaluations suggest this process success..

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Awarded by AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Media and Arts Technology

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the EPSRC and AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Media and Arts Technology (EP/L01632X/1), as well the Life Sciences Institute, Digital Health award, Queen Mary University of London. The authors extend a personal thanks to Davy Smith for assistance with the creative coding development of the project, as well as the Stroke Association (north, UK) and Split Britches for support in the development of this research.