Touch as the act of signification: Naming as a key design concept for gesturally intuitive interactive space

Creativity and Cognition Stuios Press
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Conference Proceeding
ENGAGE: Interaction, Art and Audience Experience, 2006, pp. 62 - 67
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The act of naming, where sign and the signified are coupled as an act of touching, establishes the foundations for the meaningful use of language. The computer, a language machine, possesses the capacity to input sensory data from the physical environment where signification occurs. To design a computationally extended sensory environment with intuitive gestural interaction will necessarily then have touch as a foundational factor. The universal element in such systems is language; the specific is the context of place, a space where the significating action of touch occurs.
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