Examining the Spectator Experience

Andrew Fyans, Michael Gurevich, Paul Stapleton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Drawing on a model of spectator understanding of error in
performance in the literature, we document a qualitative
experiment that explores the relationships between domain
knowledge, mental models, intention and error recognition
by spectators of performances with electronic instruments.
Participants saw two performances with contrasting instruments,
with controls on their mental model and understanding
of intention. Based on data from a subsequent structured
interview, we identify themes in participants’ judgements
and understanding of performance and explanations
of their spectator experience. These reveal both elements
of similarity and difference between the two performances,
instruments and between domain knowledge groups. From
these, we suggest and discuss implications for the design of
novel performative interactions with technology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2010)
Place of PublicationSydney
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 01 Jun 201001 Jun 2010


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression


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