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Athletes and Street Acrobats: Parkour as a community of play

Yesterday, Elena Balan presented our joint CHI paper ‘Athletes and Street Acrobats’ at this years Computer Human Interaction conference, in Austin, Texas. The paper tells the story of how we teamed up with Air-Wipp and Street Media 7 to develop a mobile community service for Parkour and free-running practitioners. For game researchers, the most interesting aspect is probably how we analyse Parkour as what deKoven calls a community of play, but also how the play value is contested from within by a simultaneous valuation of skill and performance.

Waern, A., Balan, E. and Nevelsteen, K. Athletes and street acrobats: Designing for play as a community value in Parkour. Proc. CHI’2012, Austin Texas. ACM. Download pdf

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