Working in the context of the rich interactive space of echo::system, a hybrid work of media arts installation and improvisational performance, we are inquiring into the nature of computed mediated ‘interactivity’. Engaging interdisciplinary collaborators, this multifaceted performance develops active mediated spaces that explores socio-cultural and ecological aspects of natural/urban biomes. Across a series of design residencies in 2013, we introduced mixed-method approach of human-centered exploration methods, active observation and interview in combination with documentary capture of design meetings, choreographic development and outcomes. These methods were designed with the intention of generating new knowledge and and design insight for interactive performance through the act of both documenting and making this hybrid interactive performance.