Aesthetic Nostalgia Mediated Design for Long Distance Relationship

Xuqin Yu, Masa Inakage, Atsuro Ueki

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New technology and media platforms are emerging to support communications between Long Distance Relationships (LDRs). But few of them are aiming at a specific emotional expression such as nostalgic feelings. As Svetlana Boym says, nostalgic love can only survive in a Long-Distance Relationship [1]. Nostalgia is a common emotion we feel towards people we loved but living in distance. It has been shown to have benefits for relationship bonding and human well-being [2]. While most nostalgia designs are emphasized on retro style and memory-related uses, nostalgia’s aesthetic meanings and reflective attributes are being ignored and lack theoretical exploration. Missing someone who is absent is just like J. D. Salinger’s description about love: "a touch and yet not a touch" [3]. The multi-layered emotion is hard to describe and harder to express over distance. Since nostalgic emotion is a perfect bridge for shortening psychological distance and establishing a real lasting, organic relationship bonding, we believe it is timely to create a new language to deliver this subtle emotion. In this paper, we propose an LDR mediated design concept based on nostalgia theory, followed by two design cases: NostosMoon and NostosLamp. Those design cases feature three factors: metaphorical nature-related content, slow and reserved way of interaction, and realized tangible output. We would like to open discussions on how factors that are seemly opposite with closeness actually enhance intimacy and strengthen bonding between LDR groups, thus influence the nostalgia mediated design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARTECH 2021 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts
Subtitle of host publicationHybrid Praxis - Art, Sustainability and Technology
EditorsMaria Manuela Lopes, Paulo Bernardino Bastos, Antonio Araujo, Lucas Fabian Olivero, Aderito Fernandes-Marcos, Aderito Fernandes-Marcos
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384209
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 13
Event10th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts: Hybrid Praxis - Art, Sustainability and Technology, ARTECH 2021 - Aveiro, Portugal
Duration: 2021 Oct 132021 Oct 15

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference10th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts: Hybrid Praxis - Art, Sustainability and Technology, ARTECH 2021


  • ATSURO UEKI. 2021. Aesthetic Nostalgia Mediated Design for Long Distance Relationship: In ARTECH 2021
  • Eastern Aesthetics
  • Emotional DesignYUXUQIN
  • LDR Communication
  • Mediated Communication
  • Nostalgia Design
  • Slow Media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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