Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Understanding Fukushima. Designing for an embodied interaction with citizen science data
Ben Dromey
2nd Author
3rd Author
MA in New Media
Number of Pages
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Thesis Supervisor
Pipsa Asiala
Supervisor e-mail
pipsa.asiala AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Koray Tahiroglu
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Department of Media/ New Media
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
Fukushima, ionising radiation, New Media, embodied interaction, phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, citizen science, aes- thetics of interaction, sonification
Abstract: 200-500 words
This thesis uses the radiation events in Fukushima as a case study for exploring the possible use of phenomenological theory to assess information gathering methods as well as suggesting possible ways of communicating this informa- tion. Embodied interaction is used as a theoretical framework for designing an interaction with information gathered from Fukushima but interacted with in a remote time and place. This is realised through an interactive installation that emphasises the use of the body in the act of making meaning from infor- mation. As a seperate but complimentary investigation, when information is urgently needed, crowd-sourced, citizen science activities and new media tools are highlighted as invaluable assets in comparison to traditional news media and institutional scientific enquiry. The aim of the thesis is to build a method of approaching information about environmental issues. This method includes recognising information gathering techniques and new media tools and focuss- ing on the body as a vital perceptual tool in the act of information gathering and in the act of creating meaning from representations of information.