September 28th, 2013
With recent advances in technology, audience is no longer unfamiliar with interactive design and works. Many devices and gadgets found in daily life are equipped with interactive interfaces and A.I. technology; and various possibilities can be created between human and machines or machines and real-time data, which could further develop the communication between human and machines, and that of human themselves to another level.
In the tradition of viewing artworks, viewing is of utmost importance, rarely does the viewing process includes touching. Interactive artworks exist to break the conventional relationship between art and the viewer. In viewing an interactive work, the viewer not only takes the responsibility to view the artwork, he or she is also responsible for taking up the role as "the creator". By placing the viewer as an active participant, the traditional way of artwork viewing is reversed. To lure the viewer to offer a helping hand to complete the interaction process, the artist often uses "fun and entertainment" as bait. Interactive works are infused with a gaming element, grasping the curiosity of the viewer, inspiring them to create and participate in the art making process under a joyful and natural environment. This process demonstrates the creativity of both the individual and the community, bringing a unique experience to both the viewer themselves and those around them.
INTER-ACT! includes six international media artists to express their creative concepts and explorations in interactivity through their artworks. Taiwanese artist Scottie Huang demonstrates the diversity in forms in his work "Portrait of a Dandeion".
The changing emotion of the viewer becomes the growth catalyst to the virtual plant. While Chuang Chih-Wei, also from Taiwan, explores the interactive relationship between body movements and light through his work “Surfing on the way of Light”. Using the body to compose motion trails, he extends the spatial readability of the work through gliding lights. Hong Kong LED artist, Teddy Lo specializes in using light as his creative medium and created a series of data visualization sculptures in 2011. “Alarm of Hue” is one of the three sculptures in the series, its LED lighting system changes it's appearance based upon current time. Coming from Spain, the work “Reactable” is created through many years of research. It is a large music synthesizer that allows multiple players to perform. People from all walks of life can easily become a DJ with the Reactable and perform stunning music effects. Japanese creative group TEAMLAB's Media Block Chair is a series of glowing square boxes. Each box can be moved and stacked up like Lego, by placing the boxes in different order, it invites the audience to explore the multiple possibilities in interaction and integration. Artwork OLED color chair by Japanese artist Takahiro Matsuo, invites audience to take a sit, which Its lighting and sound effects changes accordingly, letting the audience to imagine the changes in life with the integration of technology .
By gathering new experiences, these six media artists utilize their creativity to bring changes to the roles of both the artists and viewers. INTER-ACT! invites the public to participate in this unique experience, bridging the audience and media art through interactive technology and fun.