Documenting interaction

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This chapter is devoted to questions of documenting interactive media art, i.e. artworks that require the active involvement of the recipient, and which comprise electronic or digital feedback processes. However, many of the observations made also hold for interactive art that does not use electronics or digital media, and which is often described as participatory. Both interactive media art and participatory art rely on action, and, the authors could argue, on performance, although this performance is required by the visitor, not by the artist. As the some case studies prove, multi-perspectival, dialogical approaches to documentation are highly valuable when it comes to the documentation of interactive art. As long as the documentation of interactive art is left to temporary research projects or institutes, the authors are in danger of facing a loss not only of the artifactual systems, but also of their documentation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistories of Performance Documentation
Subtitle of host publicationMuseum, Artistic, and Scholarly Practices
EditorsGabriella Giannachi, Jonah Westerman
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315645384
ISBN (Print)9781138184145, 9781138184138
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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