Telemurals: Linking remote spaces with social catalysts

Karrie Karahalios, Judith Donath

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Telemurals is an abstract audio-video installation that seeks to initiate and sustain interaction between and within two remote spaces. Our goal is to improve the social aspects of casual mediated communications by incorporating events into the design of the communication medium that encourage people to engage in interaction when they otherwise would not. We call these events social catalysts, for they encourage people to initiate and sustain interaction. In this paper we discuss the design process and goals of our first Telemurals link between two public spaces, the building of Telemurals, and an ethnographic study describing how the system affected interaction between and within these two spaces based on the theories discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 24 2004Apr 29 2004


Other2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004


  • Ethnography
  • Social catalysts
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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