From designing objects to designing fields: from control to freedom

Birgitta Cappelen, Anders-Petter Andersson

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In this paper we want to explore Field as a concept and as a metaphor for understanding interactive systems. By interactive systems we mean both systems and artworks, where the user by interacting changes the course of events. We intend to show why we need new terms and why we consider Field to be a fruitful concept and term. Further we will show how the Field concept changes both our understanding of what we do as designers and composers and how we acknowledge our audience. We will exemplify the design consequences of the Field concept by going through some design considerations we made when designing the audio tactile installation Mufi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-90
Number of pages16
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Musicology (60408)
  • Studies on Film (60410)
  • Art History (60407)
  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified (50999)


  • Interactive Sound Design
  • interaction design
  • music


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