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Start blogging (again)

Since I created this blog almost two years ago there have been awful quiet, which I hopefully will do something about in the coming months.

During the last half year, my PhD project has raised some really interesting research questions that I would like to blog about. I guess this blogging is primarily for my own sake of having a place to write about my initial thoughts and reflections on technology-supported spectator experiences, the design activities I carry out, and about my research activities in general. However, if you ever have any comments on my posts or project please feel free to leave a comment or write me a mail.

PDC2010 in Sydney

After having been enjoying OzCHI in Brisbane me and my colleagues went on a weekend-long road trip driving along the Gold Coast from Brisbane to Sydney in order to participate at PDC2010. At PDC2010 I participated in the Doctoral Consortium with a presentation title Participatory design – emancipating the authentic spectator experience at sporting events. I really enjoined discussing PD issues with fellow PhD’s and listening to interesting presentations at the conference.

Cover of book - Consuming sport: Fans, sport and culture

Literature review of spectator experiences

I’m currently exploring literature on the topic of spectator experiences. Mainly experiences in the domain of sporting experiences unfolding in at sporing events in sports arenas. I will regularly review the books and papers that I read here on my blog so you can contribute with your comment on my reading. Also if you have some references to literature that might have my interest please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment.

Here is my current and preliminary stack of materials that is just waiting to be read:

Abercrombie, N., and Longhurst, B. (1998). Audiences: A sociological theory of performance and imagination. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Anderson, B. (1983). Imagined communities. London, United Kingdom: Verso.

Crawford, G. (2004). Consuming sport: Fans, sport and culture. New York, NY, USA: Routledge.

Jones, I. (2008). Special issue of the journal of sports & tourism – sport fans and spectators as sport tourists. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 13(3), 164.

Jay, M. (2006). Songs of experience: Modern american and european variations on a universal theme. Los Angeles, California, USA: University of California Press.

Rinehart, R. E. (1998). Players all: Performances in contemporary sport. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Turner, V. W., & Bruner, E. M. (Eds.). (1986). The anthropology of experience. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Danish Human-Computer Interaction Research Symposium 2009

I have just participated in the 9th Danish HCI Research Symposium 2009 in Aarhus, Denmark. Where I presented my short paper “Designing technology for spectator experience – beyond the passive spectator”.

In this paper I will argue that if we are to design technology for engaging spectator experiences at sporting events in sports arenas, we need to focus beyond the spectators fascination of the sport. We also need to embrace the social elements of the spectator experience and the sporting event itself in order to design meaningful technology for engaging spectator experiences. Today, most technological systems at sporting events aim at augmenting the activities in the game on large displays. But, as I will argue, if we are to design technology for engaging spectator experiences at sporting events, we must acknowledge the spectators as active participants and present technology-mediated opportunities that allow spectators to share and express their collective and social experience of the sport and sporting event. My argument will be based on a series of ethnographically inspired field studies, conducted at football and handball games, as well as on a participatory design workshop with sports fans.

The paper and the full proceedings should hopefully very soon be available at

About this blog

I’m a newly started PhD student at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In the next four years I’m going to carry out a series of design projects to investigate and explorer my PhD projects main research questions. Hopefully this blog will be my faithfull partner through this project and be the place where I will share my thoughts and results with whom it might be of interest.

I invite verybody who would like to participate in shaping this blog to contributes with comments, critiques or inspirational thoughts on the topic of design.