Interactivity

Is all art interactive? I believe it is. Read on and all will become clear.

What is the meaning of interactivity when it refers to art?

Art is called interactive when it can only achieve what it sets out to do through the involvement of the viewer, i.e.

purpose + spectator participation = purpose fulfilled = interactive art

It might be claimed that one purpose shared by all art is that it be seen, a purpose which can only be achieved through the participation of the viewer. In other words, returning to the equation,

art to be seen + art viewed = purpose fulfilled = interactive art

For me, to view art is to engage with it, to enter into relationship with it, however briefly. We look and the art communicates – telling us a story, moving our emotions, challenging our view of the world – and we respond. Whether we admire, appreciate, enjoy the work, or decide for whatever reason, that we don’t like it, we have been part of a conversation, we have indeed interacted with art.

Does that make all art interactive? Let us know what you think.

For an opportunity to interact with art, why not visit Taslastap, our current interactive public art project.

Taslastap

Founder, Suzanna Gregg, introduces Art High’s new project aimed at encouraging engagement with art.

‘What?!’ I hear you ask.

Taslastap; it’s not a word you will find in the dictionary, but a made-up name. Let me explain.

What is it? Taslastap is an interactive sketching project to encourage people to engage with and practice art.

How does it work? A box containing all equipment needed – instructions, paper, pencils, sketches – is placed at an outdoor location. Anybody can participate by following the simple instructions.

TAS = Take A Sketch: choose one from any of the sketches in the box to take home with you.

LAS = Leave A Sketch: using the paper and pencils provided, draw a sketch to leave in the box.

TAP = Take A Photo: take a selfie, or a photo of your sketch, the view or anything else you can see, and post it on Instagram or Facebook using #taslastap19.

That’s Taslastap.

To find out where the Taslastap box is located go to Art.High.uk on Instagram. We would love you to participate.

Bleak Midwinter?

Art-High founder, Suzanna Gregg, considers the value of empty space.

Christmas decorations are not the most beautiful or subtle way to brighten up our homes and streets, yet I must confess to missing them when they are gone. Their colours and lights add a warmth and brightness to the start of winter. When Christmas has been put away my home momentarily looks rather bare, like the trees outside. Soon however, there is pleasure to be found in that space.

January and February may be considered the bleakest months of the year, especially since they follow the warm glow of Christmas. Yet for me they provide a wonderful sense of space – mental, emotional, even spiritual – as well as physical. The dark, wintery beginning of the year brings opportunity for a fresh start – a time to think, to take stock, to plan, and to make changes.

I am not talking about New Year resolutions here, making radical changes on January 1st which are often forgotten before the month has ended. This beautiful space is for contemplation. Whether we are thinking about ourselves, our families and friends, our homes or our jobs, what has been achieved in the last year? More specifically, what is going well and what needs work; what needs to be added to or removed from our lives? These might range from something really deep and personal to simply mending a dripping tap, but all should improve the quality of our lives.

What does all this have to do with art? Call it the art of living well!



Does Christmas Make Us All Curators?

Art High founder Suzanna Gregg asks whether the skills of the curator might be applied to Christmas.

santa claus plush toy

Photo by Daniel Reche on Pexels.com

 

Who do you imagine a curator to be? A stuffy old fellow in a museum, more interested in his paintings than in the people who come to view them? Actually one role of the curator is to select art works, choosing those which support the narrative – the story – of a specific exhibition. Outside of the art world the curator has been defined as gathering something, organizing it, and making it available to the public. We will return to the curator in a moment.

Now Let’s think about Christmas. Go into any shopping centre on Saturday afternoon and you will find hoards of shoppers preparing for Christmas, seeking out their perfect decorations, table settings, cards and gifts. What exactly are they looking for; what are they trying to achieve? Are they simply getting the job done as quickly and easily as they can? In some cases, yes, however others are carefully selecting items which contribute to the atmosphere and story of their own personal Christmas. In other words they are curating.

Does Christmas make us all curators? We each have our own image of Christmas. Our view of the season – what it means, what it looks, sounds, smells and tastes like – determines the kind of Christmas we create, or curate. Even those of us who just do what needs doing as quickly and efficiently as possible are gathering, organising and displaying, with perhaps a more eclectic result.

Accepting that Christmas does make us all curators, what kind of Christmas do you curate? Traditionally warm and cosy? Cool and minimalist? Randomly eclectic? Send us your photos and share your curating skills with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art is good for you: discuss (part 1)

Art High founder, Suzanna Gregg, considers the value of art to the individual.

N.B. No pictures here: I have resisted including images of my favourite paintings, not wishing to force my own taste in art onto you.

Art is good for you. That is a bold statement. What do you think, or perhaps I should ask, how do you feel, because for me art is all about feeling. Whether I am viewing or creating art, it is the feeling rather than the thought that is powerful. How does this work? Read on.

I do not claim to be an expert in the field of fine art, but I do know what I like and why I like it. I enjoy art that calls to me when I walk into a room – the colours, the form, the story. At closer inspection I find pleasure in both the paint and its narrative. A combination of colours can lift my mood, energise, bring a sense of security or peace, excitement or fun. The story I read in a painting may not be that intended by the artist, or understood by the expert, but it is meaningful and relevant to me.

As an individual I look at art through my own life-experiences, and sometimes art responds, engaging my emotions and drawing me in. When this happens I know it is time to stop and gaze, to lose myself in the painting for a while; everyday life is laid aside as I focus. In a nutshell I guess you could say this is a ‘gut’ response, intuitive rather than intellectual, but whatever we call it, this does me good. I always come away from such an encounter, at the very least, refreshed and uplifted.  That is the benefit of art for me.

We may all enjoy art this way. Each of us has a unique background story and taste, making different artworks attractive for different reasons. If we only take the time to look, every one of us might engage with, and take pleasure in, the art that speaks to us, whatever that might be.