Tag "Interactive Art"


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Wow – long time no blog! I’ve been reading quite a bit – will get back to that in a later post. Now I just want to share some thoughts on the Blast Theory lecture that Jonathan uploaded recently.

I plugged my computer to our flat screen TV and enjoyed the lecture in large scale. I actually already knew most of the works described in the talk, but it was great to hear some background info from Matt Adams and to get knowledge of some of the difficulties of creating work like this.

One work that I have to check out is the “Rider Spoke”. This i a work based on mobile and geo-location, but it challenges authorship issues in the same sense that I expect my own work to do. A good point here was to “make work that allows people to speak on their own terms”.

Even though Blast Theory create interactive work, I found that most of the featured works were very controlled. Matt Adams argued that even in these controlled environments their was room for play. I still felt that the artist was looking for some very specific emotions and reactions from their audiences.

A thought: The talk about TV companies was also inspiring. I like the idea that participation doesn’t have to limit to updates and sharing of TV content – but through connectivity we might actually air movies that people can participate in, like this German advert for a TV Channel that was aired in movie theaters two years ago. With a special app that uses voice recognition and connects you smart-phone to your TV you might guide a protagonist through a situation – or remote control a car through a city in a car chase …

13th Street interactive movie, Agency: Jung Von Matt

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I would like to get back to Ben Davis’ use of the Semiotic Square. By using it he visualises 4 possible ways of classifying Social Media art – and then he more or less rules out both “New Media Art” and “Art Mods”. Leaving us with these two categories:

1. Art that uses social media.

My thoughts: This could be a type of “Generative Art” or “Data Art” .that is powered by social media data or merely be an artist that uses a social platform as place to showcase or broadcast their art.


2. Social Art collaboration

My thoughts: This could be art that is co-created or crowdsourced (what you might call af type of “Interactive art”). In this case the role of the artist would changes to be more of a curator/facilitator.


The problem: While both of these categories rightly can be classified Social Media Art, they are very different from each other.

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