Co-operative creativity-in-flux: Solving emerging problems in institutional video mediated contexts

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One key component in the accomplishment of intersubjectivity and intercorporeality (Meyer, Streeck, & Jordan, 2017) is participants use of embodied work in order to establish head and facial orientation towards each other (Goodwin, 1980; Mondada, 2009). But what happens when people are using technology and it somehow complicates the possibility of face-to-face interaction? In this presentation we show how participants use the affordances of the technology and the spatial layout to achieve joint attention, especially by manipulating the technology and being mobile (cf. Arminen, Licoppe, & Spagnolli, 2016). The presentation builds on data from video-mediated interactions where participants moves the camera and turns the screen; interactions with a telepresence robot which a doctor can control and moves; and interactions with a robot (Pepper) where humans orient towards the robot’s “face”. We discuss the orderly functions of face-to-face orientation as a human fundamental (Levinas, 1979) that is accomplished by creatively reconfigurering aspects of the setting, the social organization and by using the affordances of the technology and other material structures. The presentation contributes to EMCA studies of technology-in-flux by highlightning mobility features, technology affordances and co-operative human creativity. Arminen, I., Licoppe, C., & Spagnolli, A. (2016). Respecifying Mediated Interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 49(4), 290–309. Goodwin, C. (1980). Restarts, Pauses, and the Achievement of a State of Mutual Gaze at Turn-Beginning. Sociological inquiry, vol:50 hft.:3-4, 272. Levinas, E. (1979). Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. Springer Science & Business Media. Meyer, C., Streeck, J., & Jordan, J. S. (2017). Intercorporeality: Emerging Socialities in Interaction. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. Mondada, L. (2009). Emergent focused interactions in public places: A systematic analysis of the multimodal achievement of a common interactional space. Journal of Pragmatics, 41(10), 1977–1997.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCOACT Conference 2019. : Interaction and discourse in flux: Changing landscapes of everyday life - Oulu University, Oulu, Finland
Duration: 24 Apr 201926 Apr 2019


ConferenceCOACT Conference 2019.
LocationOulu University
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