Interactive Graphic Display – Weymouth House
For the purposes of the Design Iterations brief I presented my interactive graphic on one of the public screens in the foyer of Weymouth House, Bournemouth University. In displaying the interactive graphic I booked out a TV space along with all the equipment such as a HDMI cable and portable TV screen. In its display I got a variety of individuals to interact with my installation, including dancers and audience participants. I took a range of photos with participants interacting with the piece, performing various movements as shown below:
In addition I also filmed individuals interacting with my interactive graphic and produced the following video clip:
This video clip demonstrates how individuals reacted and responded to the interactive graphic. It is clear that the participants tried to stretch the bounding box, as well as enclose themselves within it. I was extremely pleased with the performance (dance) aspect of the interactive graphic. Users are forced to interact through taking out various movements, creating visually beautiful graphic imagery on screen.
It is worth noting that the interactive graphic is only art when participants and audiences are interacting with the piece. Kaprow (2007) mentions that ‘Our advanced art approaches a fragile but marvelous life, one that maintains itself by a mere thread, melting into an elusive, changeable configuration, the surroundings, the artist, his work and everyone who comes to it’. Floryan (2011) suggests that Kaprow’s comment meant audiences are invited into the art itself. In addition, with relation to interactive art and my own interactive graphic, the individuals become the art itself and the art only became alive due to their participation.
Furthermore, Edmonds (2011) states the following ‘Interactive art is distinguished by its dynamic ‘behaviour’ in response to external stimuli, such as people moving and speaking. For artists, this means that observing people interact with their works provides a way of understanding exactly how the work ‘performs’, that is, how it responds to the gestures, sounds and other features of audience behaviour in the immediate environment. Observing the responses of an interactive work can reveal unexpected effects that may or may not be predictable from the artist’s point of view’. I believe this applies to my piece considerably in that, myself as the artist, can better understand my work and its performance when seeing it in practice and observing its interaction.
Edmonds, E., 2011. Interactive Art [online]. University of Technology: Sydney.
Floryan, M., 2010. Interactive and Participatory Art [online]. Art 21 Magazine. Available from: http://blog.art21.org/2010/06/03/interactive-and-participatory-art/#.VMKcpMblc5Q21 [Accessed 21 January 2015].