interactive art

End of an experimental journey

My internet and media class has come a very pleasant end. I think what I have learnt most from this class is to push. Push further into your work and pieces and find the hidden meanings and representations of what you might be trying to convey. The last project, creating an immersive experience was hard, I think because working in a group it’s just harder for all ideas to gel together but my group worked well. I think that my work could’ve been better but at the time I did put in as much effort and time that I could and can only be happy as I can’t change it now.

I also learnt that it’s about making something and not telling someone how to feel, it’s about interaction and isolation. I want people to leave their everyday life and enter a journey they normally wouldn’t. Feel something that they might not want to or are scared of. The anticipation of it all is very exciting.

I have learnt so many new skills, I now know how to use premiere pro, iMovie, flash and sketch up. I loved using the internet for resources such as tutorials and online reviews of what to use.

All in all, was one of my favourite electives to choose this semester and in my course and I would highly encourage anyone who has a strong interest in creating interactive installations using connective links to the internet with art and social media to enroll. It’s a tangent within itself and it’ll take you beyond what technology and art media is all about.

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What is rain ?

I was searching on youtube for a video of new installations around the world and I came across this one. Its a must watch. My favourite part of this video was the ending, when the interviewer asked what they considered themselves to be they answered very celeverly. One said its open to interpretation and another said it he considered himself an artist and his work demonstrates everything he believes in and theres a motive behind it all. Its wonderful to sometimes see behind the scenes and see what people want you to believe and what their purpose was behind a peice of work.

This piece is essentially rain falling down in a dark room and its kinda of ironic because its inside and its not somewhere you generally see rain. Its a play on interaction and how art only works if someone else is present. The way this peice works is if you walk onto the rain it will stop and the panel you are under will stop and you will not get wet however around you will be rain cascading. I think its melodic because this peice is simple but the contrast of audio (rain/thunder) really creates an ambience and mood. Your immediately immersed because your in this cloud of rain but your protected. You don’t have to do much but stand there and take in whats going on and the beauty of it is that you can come out it with your own interpretation and be completely dry.

Scott Snibbe – Bjork App : SAMPLE

Have you ever experienced a musical album through visual representation? I guess the closest thing that comes close to this app is the visual equaliser on windows medias player. Ever since I was a kid, I would play a track and I just watch the colours all follow to each other.

The piece that really grabbed my attention is “Biophilia”, the interactive album app he made for artist Bjork. Biophilia opens into a three-dimensional galaxy with a compass allowing navigation between the 3-dimensional universe and a two-dimensional track list. Take a closer look by tapping on stars within the constellations and you’ll see that each is a full app-within-an-app that gives access to the inspired combination of pieces for each new Björk song: interactive art and games, music notation which can be used to sing along karaoke-style, abstract animations, lyrics, and essays that explore Björk’s inspirations for the track. These pieces bring together conventional and alternative ways of representing and making music to create an environment for entertainment and learning. Biophilia challenges the way we think about music. This is a music album that exploits the multimedia capabilities of mobile interactive technologies.[1]

I guess what I love about his work especially this is its creativity. 

Scott’s primary focus is to create works that react to human movement and gestures in order to encourage viewers to take proactive actions and offer them interactive experiences even if they are not interested in the work or they do not know each other.

My perception of art is that it conjures up some sort of emotions but allows free space for your own interpretation. Interactive art is something incredible because people don’t even realize they’re connecting with something until maybe after it’s over. It’s an immersive environment and you’re actions determine the events that occur. I find it inspiring how he manages to create works where there is a collision of thought provoking ideas. He draws from Philosophy and how we relate to each other in existence.

[1] “Scott Snibbe.” Twitter – Scott Snibbe. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 May 2014. <https://twitter.com/snibbe&gt;.