This exhibition is about interactive
experience: the installations, websites, games, and even the catalogue/website
only come alive through active human intervention. Once the (v)user crosses the
threshold to activate a piece, a web of complex actions and reactions is set in
motion allowing for a highly personalized experience that in most cases will never
be duplicated. In the process, a new, active relationship between the artist and
the viewer is forged, and we are led into the new world of interactivity. While
exploring the newest technologies as a creative medium, the artists' ultimate
goal is aesthetic experience.
Digital technology has, in its short life span, become an integral and virtually
irreplaceable part of our culture and consciousness. Computers are woven into
the fabric of daily experience from multi-purpose PCs to personal digital assistants
to the navigational systems of new automobiles. Our dependency on immediate access
to information has resulted in fundamental shifts in our perception of time, space,
Through the lens of interactivity, Digital Traces defines a crucial shift in the
computer's role in creating art and brings to light the new, interdependent relationship
between artist, computer, and viewer emerging from use of new technologies. As
the central mediator of this new relationship, the computer itself takes on a
new, more active role in the creation of art. The works in the exhibition require
significant interaction with the viewer, and manifest the increasingly inextricable
intersections between art, entertainment, design, commerce, and science. The computer
acts as a mediator, interpreting the rules and conditions chosen by a human programmer
and creating the structure for an interactive experience. This allows the audience
to shape the character of their digital experience and presents the artist with
an entirely new set of challenges and possibilities. Through this process the
very nature of the artwork is constantly reconfigured and the relationship between
artist and audience is redefined.
Like the free agents of the New Economy, the artists of Digital Traces unlock
the potential of developing technologies to change the way we live and think.
In the process they help us all reflect on the profound changes in our lives made
possible by the continuing evolution of technology.