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The significance of the introduction of electronic interaction to the history of the art object and the viewer

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The significance of the introduction of electronic interaction to the history of the art object and the viewer

Farah, Mary Anne (1995) The significance of the introduction of electronic interaction to the history of the art object and the viewer. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Since the late 1960s, a new artistic phenomenon--"electronic interactivity" as it is referred to by practitioners--has emerged which is worthy of art historical assessment. As part of such an endeavour, this text examines how electronic interactivity has altered the traditional relationship between art objects and art viewers. The first chapter covers some of the twentieth century art movements that contributed to the emergence of different forms of viewer participation with artworks. The second chapter presents a compilation of the ideologies that have motivated many interactive artists to create work that is dependent on viewer participation. In addition, it provides a dialogue about how viewers have responded to interactive artworks and some associated problems. The third chapter expands upon the definition of "interactivity" by combining artists' and writers' definitions with the author's. This understanding of interactivity provides a spring board to present two main methods for electronic interaction in art in the final chapter--"pathway/explorer" and "cocreator". Both of these terms are used to separate different modalities of information exchange between artworks and art viewers.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Farah, Mary Anne
Pagination:ix, 196 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1995
Thesis Supervisor(s):McKenzie, Catherine
ID Code:113
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:09
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:12
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