Meaningful engagement: computer-based interactive media art in public space.
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HER, J.-J. and HAMLYN, J., 2010. Meaningful engagement: computer-based interactive media art in public space. In: F. HUANG and R.-C. WANG, eds. Arts and Technology: First International Conference, ArtsIT 2009, Yi-Lan, Taiwan, September 24-25, 2009; Revised Selected Papers. Heidelberg : Springer. pp. 17-24.
Interactive technologies, including electronic devices are increasingly being utilized as a medium for artistic expression and have been placed in freely accessible public environments with mixed results. When audiences encounter computer-based interactive media arts in a public space they are drawn by various interactivities, to play and experiment with them. However, whether the audience is able to gain a meaningful experience through those physical interactivities has remained an issue of both theoretical and practical debate. This paper will focus on these aspects, most specifically through the study of interactive art in freely accessible public space. The author proposes four new conceptual/analytical tools for examining the subject. It is anticipated that this paper will provide possible alternative strategies for both artists and art researchers in this field with a purpose to enhance intellectual engagement with their audiences, so as to succeed in leading interactors to obtain meaningful experience and rewards.