Interactive Art and Embodiment: the implicit body as performance


Date: 26 Feb 2016, Friday

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Venue: LASALLE Lecture Theatre, Block F, Level 2 #F201

Admission: Free

Title of Lecture:

Interactive Art and Embodiment: the implicit body as performance


Nathaniel Stern

Nathaniel's Bio:

Professor Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist, and public citizen. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive, immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures, videos, performances, and hybrid forms. His book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, takes a close look at the stakes for interactive and digital art, and his new work on Ecological Aesthetics will be published with Open Humanities Press in 2017.

Description of lecture:

In this 30-minute lecture, Professor Nathaniel Stern will introduce and discuss the impetus to write his first book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: the implicit body as performance. He will show and think-with images and video of contemporary, participatory installations, and ask how we might experience and practice new modes of encounter through our engagements with such work. There will be time for audience questions, and copies of Stern’s book will be available for purchase.

About Professor Stern’s Book: Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance:

What is interactive art? Is this a genre? A medium? An art movement? Must a work be physically active to be classified as such, or do we interact when we sense and make sense? Is a switch-throw or link-click enough - I do this, and that happens - or must subjects and objects be confused over time? Is interaction multiple in its engagements (relational), or a one-to-one reaction (programmed)? Are interactive designs somehow more democratic and individualized than others, or is that merely a commercial strategy to sell products and ideas?

This book argues that interactive art frames moving-thinking-feeling as embodiment; the body is addressed as it is formed, and in relation. Interactive installations amplify how the body's inscriptions, meanings, and matters unfold out, while the world's sensations, concepts, and matters enfold in. Interactive artwork creates situations that enhance, disrupt, and alter experience and action in ways that call attention to our varied relationships with and as both structure and matter.

Nathaniel Stern's inspirational book, Interactive Art and Embodiment, outlines how new media has the ability to intervene in, and challenge, not only the construction of bodies and identities, but also the ongoing and emergent processes of embodiment, as they happen. It includes immersive descriptions of a significant number of interactive artworks and over 40 colour images.

Available for purchase at the event! Only limited numbers available. So grab your copy quick!

Fri Feb 26, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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