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Holmström, M., Rauniomaa, M., & Siromaa, M. (2022). Zooming in on a Frame: Collectively Focusing on a Co-participant’s Person or Surroundings in Video-Mediated Interaction. In J.-P. Alarauhio, T. Räisänen, J. Toikkanen, & R. Tumelius (Eds.), Shaping the North Through Multimodal and Intermedial Interaction (pp. 95-120). Arctic Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Zooming in on a frame : collectively focusing on a co-participant’s person or surroundings in video-mediated interaction

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Author: Holmström, Mari1; Rauniomaa, Mirka1; Siromaa, Maarit1
Organizations: 1Research Unit for Languages and Literature, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-05-31


The chapter examines social breaks from work taken on a virtual platform. Virtual platforms offer a different framework for social interaction than in-person meetings: where they provide a possibility to interact over distances, they also require the use of varying resources to create and maintain a sense of co-presence and social intimacy. By drawing on recordings of video-mediated breaks among members of relatively long-standing work communities in Finland, the study explores ways in which participants zoom in and bring depth to the two-dimensional rendering of the virtual platform. The study highlights the complex multimodal and spatial dimensions of virtual breaks and the characteristics related to sensorial experiences and intermediality as these appear in interaction. The study contributes to a deeper understanding of informal interaction in work communities, with a special focus on the role of social curiosity in being mindful of others, displaying closeness and strengthening existing ties.

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Series: Arctic encounters
ISSN: 2730-6488
ISSN-E: 2730-6496
ISSN-L: 2730-6488
ISBN: 978-3-030-99104-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99103-6
Pages: 95 - 120
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99104-3_5
Host publication: Shaping the north through multimodal and intermedial interaction
Host publication editor: Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
Räisänen, Tiina
Toikkanen, Jarkko
Tumelius, Riikka
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
6121 Languages
6122 Literature studies
Copyright information: © 2022 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Part of Springer Nature. This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: Use of this Accepted Version is subject to the publisher’s Accepted Manuscript terms of use