Exploring Food based Interactive, Multi-Sensory, and Tangible Storytelling Experiences

Saumya Gupta, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Oğuz ‘Oz’ Buruk, Sara Milkes Espinosa, Theresa Jean Tanenbaum, Minerva Wu

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Much work has been done on the design of both interactive narratives and food-based interaction systems, however their intersection has received little attention within the design research community. We took the relative dearth of food-based interactive storytelling systems as an opportunity to explore a compelling design space for multisensory interactive narratives, given these few systems often position people only as passive observers. We report the results of a design workshop conducted among the authors who are design researchers in interactive narratives and food-based play. In the workshop, we discussed existing works, asynchronously brainstormed new food-based interactive storytelling systems, and then reconvened to discuss our ideas. We present the portfolio of designs that arose from this workshop, and the design themes that we synthesized from the portfolio. We recommend how to position people not just as observers, but as active participants in the interactive food-based storytelling system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNowhere and Everywhere
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384766
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021


ConferenceACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • diegesis
  • human-food interaction
  • interactive narratives
  • lived body
  • tangible

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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