HCI research about awareness of others in nightclubs

"DJs' Perspectives on Interaction and Awareness in Nightclubs" is a paper by Carrie Gates (University of Saskatchewan), Sriram Subramanian (University of Saskatchewan), Carl Gutwin (University of Saskatchewan) at DIS2006. This is the account of their project which aims at investigating DJ-Audience Interaction in Nightclubs.

We are examining the ways in which DJs and audiences gain awareness of each other in nightclub environments in order to make a set of design principles for developing new technologies for nightclubs. We expect to discover opportunites to enhance communication and feedback mechanisms between DJs and audiences, and to discover opportunities for developing novel audience-audience communications in order to create more meaningful interactions between crowd members, more playful environments, and a new dimension of awareness in nightclubs. We also expect that these design principles could be explored later within other audience-presenter situations, such as in classrooms or theatres.

Why do I blog this? though a bit curious, this is very relevant from the HCI point of view: the question related to awareness of others are important in that context.

It reminds me of an article by Beatrice Cahour and Barbara Pentimalli about the awareness of waiter in café (in french: Awareness and cooperative work in a café-restaurant). They show how awareness is linked to the attention mechanisms of the participants and how their level of awareness is constantly varying.