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Laszlo Maholo-Nagly’s Theater of Totality, and tactics employed therein for developing audience interactivity
Madame Butterfly by Moholy-Nagy (1931)
- “Abstract” performances allow the audience to be involved not only physically,
- but also emotionally and intellectually. Determining the meaning of the play is
- often a matter of personal interpretation.
a live, multimedia artistic event that incorporates audience participation
An intermedium like a happening is:
a new form of communication and a new tool of artistic production that lies somewhere between existing categories for artistic media.
The Happening should cause us to:
- question why there are distinctions between the objects and experiences and media of our daily life, and those that have traditionally been considered the objects,
- experiences, and media of high culture, and to strive to eliminate them distinction between the two.
John Cage’s Water Walk and the use of popular media in Happenings
Practitioners of “happenings” strove to integrate popular technology such as television, and envisioned a future where computers, too, would be used as an artistic medium,able to create an interactive relationship between artist and audience
Original uses of computers
early computers were primarily being used by government, industry, and the academic fields of science and mathematics to process data and conduct complex calculations
Main thesis of JCR Licklider’s, Man-Computer Symbiosis
- JCR Licklider and Man-Computer Symbiosis: the dialogue between man and machine could lead
- to results beyond what either could achieve individually…even in the realm of art
Benefits of Alan Kay’s G.U.I.
Graphic User Interface intuitive, easy-to-use interface based on the dynamics of human perception that read images as symbols
Roy Ascott: what is telematic art and why is it better than earlier forms of media
- Computer-mediated communications
- networking involving telephone, cable, and satellite links between geographically-dispersed users, who are interfaced to one another using computers and computer software that hooks them up and into this global net.
Roy Ascott’s Aspects of Gaia – content and function
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