Entanglements (2023)

Entanglements is a narrative game exploring AI and automated decision-making systems. You start using a new social media app that can use your history to predict what you’ll say and who you want to talk to. As your friends tell you about their struggles with their jobs, social media accounts, and police surveillance, your app starts taking a personal interest in helping them out … maybe a little too personal.

Play Entanglements at http://kblair.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/entanglements. Entanglements was created by Kathryn Blair and Zach McKendrick.

Participants needed for research in participatory art

We are looking for volunteers who have played Entanglements to take part in a study of how visitors experience participatory art installations about complex social issues.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to: 

  • Complete a questionnaire about your background and your experience with visual art.
  • Participate in an zoom-based, audio-recorded interview about how you experienced the work.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and would take approximately 60 minutes of your time.  By participating in this study you will help us to better understand how visitors experience participatory art so that we can develop improved strategies for engaging the public with complex social issues using this method.  If you’d like more information about the study, please read the consent information here (PDF). If you are interested in setting up an interview, you can download and submit your gameplay data at the end of the game and express interest in an interview. Alternatively, after you play you can fill out this Qualtrics survey and the research team will contact you.

This study is supervised by: 

Lora Oehlberg – Professor
Faculty of Science, Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study (ID number: REB19-0395).