Being in the world with the aural-visualiser 1000

Martin A. Padalak, Tom Jenkins

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Aural-visualiser 1000 is an interactive system for recording the world around you. Like a camera that captures sounds instead of images, it is meant to develop memories that are focused on what it was like to be in a moment. Aural-visualiser 1000 critiques an image-centered society, particularly how the image has become the dominant form of representing human experience. Collections of photos have become a replacement memory that end up never being looked at. Often, taking a photograph or finding the right angle for a video replaces being present in the world. Focusing on audio requires a user to relate to their world and engage actively in finding things worth noticing. In creating a memento from the sound, av1000 records a memory that can be reviewed later. This requires active participation to reconstruct a meaningful experience. The system argues for interaction design that goes beyond tapping fingers on glass towards exploring the surrounding world intentionally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Human-Computer Interaction Conference
Number of pages1
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date1 Oct 2022
Article number89
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-9699-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


  • Attention, presence, senses, images, interaction design, RtD


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