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Shared Diminished Reality: a new VR framework for the study of embodied intersubjectivity

Abstract : Shaping both the environment and the embodiment of the users in that virtual world, VR offers designers and cognitive scientists the unprecedented potential to explore virtually a vast set of interactions between persons, and persons and their environment. By design, VR tools offer a formidable opportunity to revisit the links between body movement and lived experiences, and to experiment with them in a controlled, yet engaging and ecologically valid manner. In our multidisciplinary research-creation project we ask, How can we design (virtual) environments that specifically encourage interactions between multiple persons and that allow designers, scientists and participants (users or 'immersants') to explore the very process of interaction itself? Building on our combined experience with dance improvisation research and interactive virtual spatial design, we document a multiuser VR experience design approach we name Shared Diminished Reality (SDR), where immersants are co-present and able to move together while their bodies and the environment are represented in a minimalist way. Our working hypothesis is that non-anthropomorphic embodiment of oneself and one's partner(s) combined with openended exploration focus the attention of users on the quality of the interaction and encourages 1 Vuarnesson et al. Shared Diminished Reality playfulness and creativity. We present the Articulations VR platform and its design history, as well as design evaluations of SDR in a laboratory setting and through a mixed reality performance, interrogating the impact of our minimalist approach on user experience and on the quality of the interaction.
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Loup Vuarnesson, Dionysios Zamplaras, Julien Laroche, Joseph Dumit, Clint Lutes, et al.. Shared Diminished Reality: a new VR framework for the study of embodied intersubjectivity. 2021. ⟨hal-03099274v2⟩



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