Cultivating mobile-mediated social interaction in the museum: Towards group-based digital storytelling experiences

Akrivi Katifori, National Kapodistrian University of Athens & ATHENA Research Center, Greece, Sara Perry, University of York, UK, Maria Vayanou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Laia Pujol, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, Angeliki Chrysanthi, University of Sheffield, UK, Vassilis Kourtis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | ATHENA Research Center, Greece, Yannis Ioannidis, Univ. of Athens & ATHENA Research Center, Greece

Published paper: Cultivating mobile-mediated social interaction in the museum: Towards group-based digital storytelling experiences

The museum visit is a collaborative activity: people typically visit museums in social groups, and conversation between group members has been highlighted as a key aspect for an engaging visitor experience. In this work, we detail initial findings and experience results from the design and evaluation of a group-based digital storytelling journey, where visitor-to-visitor engagement takes place under the frame of an interactive, mobile technology-based story. The results suggest not only the potential to cultivate social interaction between individuals using their own mobile devices, but also to generate immediate transcultural and transgenerational understanding and cooperation in situ.

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