a workshop to explore celebration over a distance
Matthew Karau, Cindy Jeffers, Stefan Agamanolis
People often "high five" each other to
communicate mutual satisfaction or congratulations, but gestures like
this aren't possible if you are far away from your fellow celebrators.
High Five is a multi-day electronics and design workshop in which
attendees build physical networked computer interfaces for expressing
celebration over a distance.
In the High Five workshop, participants explore how to express
celebration over a distance by creating novel inputs and outputs that
connect to each other over the Internet. In addition to skills for
building basic electronic circuits with a variety of sensors and
actuators, the workshop emphasizes conceiving and implementing
interface designs for celebration that are personally meaningful. At
the conclusion of the workshop, participants connect their interfaces
together and demonstrate them to an audience.
The first High Five workshop involved participants in Scotland and
Romania who collaborated to clink glasses and exchange kisses over a
distance. In a second High Five workshop held in Madeira,
participants worked on more celebratory gestures such as squeezing
hands, making puppets dance, and blowing out birthday candles over a
The High Five workshop is a fun way to break the ice with basic
electronics and software skills and can be especially helpful for
designers and artists who are interested in experimenting with
physical digital interfaces. No experience is necessary to
participate. Please contact us if you
would be interested in having us run a High Five workshop within your
group or organisation.
Visit the HIGH FIVE
wiki for the workshop outline and extensive resources.
High Five workshop locations
High resolution project images