Referenten (12.09.2011)

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Martin Knöll

The space of digital health games

Digital health games run increasingly on mobile devices. Yet, they interact with their topographic, social and cultural context in various ways and to specific degrees. In this talk, I like to invite further consideration of what we call “locative health games”. I will give a brief overview into relevant theories on locative media, urban design and pervasive gaming. Two spatial approaches to “mobile persuasion” may be contrasted: While Some researchers emphasize transferring newly learned behaviour by providing seamless experiences others focus on the collision between game rhetoric and “real world” situation. In contrast, I like to focus on a “Situationist” approach to health games highlighting interaction with everyday objects and environments as key to encourage health related behaviour change. Specifically, I will present our new typology of health game locations and discuss how recent examples of locative health games interact with specific locative attributes. In conclusion, I will present our concept for a new mapping game, in which we interrogate how interacting with everyday environments may motivate young diabetic users to document their daily disease management.

Kurzer Lebenslauf

Martin Knöll is a PhD candidate in architectural theory at Universität Stuttgart, Germany. His research is funded by a doctorate fellowship of the Baden-Württemberg state and is partly conducted at Middlesex University’s Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts in London, UK. Knöll works and researches in the fields of architectural and urban design, with a focus on health orientated products and services. His current research interests include digital games and interactive media seeking to encourage health related behaviour change. Specifically, he interrogates how the knowledge about architecture, urbanism and town planning may contribute to improve effectiveness and play experience of digital health games. Knöll has lectured in architectural theory and authored articles in the fields of urban history & theory, human-computer interaction and pervasive healthcare. He is currently qualifying as a registered architect in Germany (equivalent to RIBA part 3) and has been appointed a research fellow in architecture to the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.


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