The Aesthetic Experience of Interactive Art: A Challenge for the Humanities and for the Audience

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  • Digital Art | Digital User

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  • The Aesthetic Experience of Interactive Art: A Challenge for the Humanities and for the Audience

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  • Due to its processuality and multi-modality, interactive new media art presents a challenge for the humanities. Not only is it a hybrid of visual and performative arts, it even exceeds both fields of research through its foundation of aesthetic experience on action as opposed to contemplation. Interactive art is, on the one hand, a technical system designed by an artist (or any entity that can be considered author of the system). This system has a (more or less) permanent existence as material or coded interaction offer, independent from its actual realization by the visitor. This characteristic determines two basic parameters of interactive art: It is usually presented in the context of an exhibition (not as a scheduled performance), and it can age, i. e. become a historic “work of art”.

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