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Interactive Art

Interactive art is a form of art that involves the audience to interact with the artwork in order to achieve its purpose. It came into existence in the 5th century B.C. but has been shaped in the recent years due to the emergence of modern technology. Interactive art can be in the form of installation art, architecture, computerised art, film, etc. Interactive art installations often use computers and sensors to make the viewers respond to motion, heat, meteorological changes or other inputs while some require the viewer to “walk” in, on, and around the art to derive its meaning.


Scott Snibbe, Boundary Functions, 1999, installed at Tokyo Intercommunications Centre, Boundary Functions shows us that personal space exists only in relation to others and changes without our control. Boundary Functions is a set of lines projected from overhead onto the floor, dividing people in the gallery from one another. When there is one person on its floor, there is no response. When two are present, single line cuts between them bisecting the floor, and dynamically changing as they move.