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.