Title: With objects that speak: the force of interaction in historical African artefacts and contemporary art

Authors: Tegan Bristow

Addresses: Digital Arts Division, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract: A discussion on the role of interactive engagement as event in interactive digital art. The work in question, an exhibition of interactive digital art titled 'Meaning Motion' shown at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg. These interactive digital artworks are addressed against a series of traditional African artworks and artefacts that were shown in the museum, their initial alignment having been evoked from an unplanned synergy of forms and interactive mechanisms. Theoretically referencing Stern and Massumi in framing a definition of the implicit or continuous body frames this discussion.

Keywords: interactive art; technology; consciousness; embodiment; digital art; South Africa.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2017.084949

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2017 Vol.10 No.2, pp.150 - 160

Accepted: 22 Oct 2016
Published online: 09 Jul 2017 *

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