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Sarah Fdili Alaoui

Hello ! I am Sarah. I am an associate professor in Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design at Université Paris Saclay. I am also a choreographer, a dancer and a Laban Movement Analyst.

I am interested in intersecting research in interaction design with dance making and choreography. I have been involved in many art and science projects, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, computer scientists and designers to create interactive dance performances, interactive installations, as well as systems for supporting choreography and dance learning and documentation.


Here is what I do Mywebsite.

My Background

I have a Masters from University Joseph Fourier and an Engineering Degree from ENSIMAG in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

I hold a PhD in Art and Science from University Paris-Sud 11 and the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and LIMSI-CNRS research institutes in Paris.

I have over 30 years of training in ballet and contemporary dance.

I have a certification as a movement analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City.

Before my current position, I was a researcher at the School of Interactive Arts+Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, within the MovingStories project.

Previous works

Some of my performances

Some of my latest publications:

  • Sarah Fdili Alaoui and Jean-Marc Matos. “RCO : Investigating Social and Technological Constraints through Interactive Dance”. In proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2021. FdiliAlaoui-CHI2021
  • Jean-Philippe Rivière, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Baptiste Caramiaux, Wendy E. Mackay “Exploring the Role of Artifacts in Collective Dance Re-staging”. In the proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 2021, vol. 5, no (CSCW), p. 1-22.
  • Marianela Ciolfi Felice, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Wendy E. Mackay, “Studying Choreographic Collaboration in the Wild”, In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2021.
  • Miriam Sturdee, Makayla Lewis Kingston, Angelika Strohmayer, Katta Spiel, Nantia Koulidou, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Josh Urban Davis “The Art in HCI: Human Creative Interactions”, In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C) 2021.
  • Sarah Fdili Alaoui, “Making an interactive dance piece: tensions in integrating technology in art”, In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), San Diego, 2019

Interest in Fabricademy - my tiny manifesto

I am interested in the Fabricademy program for many reasons.

Firstly I have a large research project that started in March 2021 where I aim to co-design interactive systems and artefacts with dance practitioners that allow them to keep a trace of there dances and generate interactive repositories made of self-curated heterogeneous documentation of their dance. For that I would like to move away from the type of systems I have designed so far, that were screen-based mainly. I am looking now at designing wearables or physical objects that can record, trace and transmit practitionners dances. I beleive that what I will explore in the Fabricademy will open new design avenues for me in my project.

Secondly, the last 2 years have been extreemly tough on all of us. I had a baby (and a postpartum depression) in addition to being confined most of the time. I have felt that I lost interest for my field and that I got isolated from my colleagues and my university. Through the Fabricademy I aim at re-gaining excitement for my field and for being present in the fablab in my university interacting with my colleagues.

Finally, I would like to build new skills in computer science, away from the traditionnel software development that I was tought and that I have tought. I am bored with screens and computers. I am bored with the softwares and applications that are imposed on us and that are the result of big corporations' economical and political agendas. I am bored with how ubiqutous and present these applications became in our lives and how little agency we have on them. I lost trust that as a computer science scolar, I can change anything about it. So, I would like to work on projects that are more "crafty" and more community oriented. I would like to engage critically in reapropriate computation and integrating it in a more sustainable and sensitive way in my work.

Last update: 2021-09-23