Class Year


Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Thomas Ellman

Second Advisor

Justin Patch


In the 21st century, there is a strong trend of the audience’s personal technology-dependent behavior in live music events, specifically music concerts and music festivals. This project, Interplaying, investigates the way technology is used to encourage the audience’s human-human interaction in such events in order to allow audience members to better engage in live-music-listening experience’s benefits such as socialization. My paper finds a lesson from human-human interaction in cultural/community festivals. Also, it does not criticize the presence of technology itself in the events. The project rather provides the way technology can bring the audience back to real environment from virtual communication. The prototype of Interplaying tangibly embodies the possibility of technology encouraging live social interaction amongst audience members.