Thursday, February 23, 2006


Utterback describes some very interesting installations that make it possible to interact with texts in a new and fun way. However, I would consider all these installations "just" as art and not a way to work with or enjoy more complex textual structures.

The introduction of the text is somehow misleading. "When the computer stares back at you, it sees you as one eye and one finger." But isn't interaction with computers designed the way it is because it's most comfortable that way? Just imagine some secretary making all kind of weird movements just for writing a letter or reading a note from her boss. This would be healthier for sure, but it is still not the way the user wants to interact with the computer. "Normal" interactive contents should not require some DDR-like performance from its user.

I would not perceive the described installations as interaction with a computer. Maybe this is what their developers want. New interfaces for communication between human and computer should be developed soon and they can be inspired by art or movies like Minority Report.


At 10:40 AM, Blogger flook said...

""Normal" interactive contents should not require some DDR-like performance from its user." -Nice. I'm not going to suggest that we should not havenew interfaces, quite the contrary. However, a button on a mouse and a screen are not all that archaic.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

probably what Utterback is trying to proove is the possibility that technology can be art.. or art can be created with technology.. Art is different for different people,probably some people wont enjoy her art and some people wil be bowled over..

The thing is people who are exposed to technology on dailey basis, might not be impressed but probably people who are not much into new interfaces would be taken back totally.. just like we were taken back my multipletouch screen:)

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Ashley Ward said...

If artists aren't able to stretch technology far enough to impress tech savvy people then maybe they should be pairing with technicians that can kick thier projects up a notch (or six). I mean isn't the point of installation art to incite conversation/debate/etc.? You can begin to integrate art with the latest technology and come up with something to impress and drive home your point. I think anyway.


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