On audience attitude in participative and interactive forms
by Garrett Lynch
Part of InDialogue, Notthingham Contemporary, 1 and 2 December
Audiences are experiencing a growing apprehension and distrust of interaction in art and a reluctance to engage with art that employs it. Interactive art can be categorised in broadly two ways: works that are highly technological or works that are highly social. While apprehension of interaction in art has always existed it is proposed that rather than originating from fear of technology or social embarrassment, it now originates in an understanding of what technology can do (e.g. surveillance, data harvesting etc.) and a hyper-awareness of the self in the public sphere.
InDialogue is a biannual International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice.
InDialogue is a series of interdisciplinary events including presentations, discussions, communal meals, performance/live art showcases taking place across the city of Nottingham. Our aim is to create a dialogue between the different applications and understandings of the term ‘Dialogue’, considering differences, commonalities, and how diverse approaches to understanding and articulating the theme can lead to new ways of thinking and making.