Aesthetic Interaction and the Transdiciplinary Practice of United Visual Artists

By Vince Dziekan and Joel Collins.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Synthetic image spaces (in the lineage of nineteenth century phantasmagoria) promote a dialectical way of thinking about the aesthetic interaction that takes place between art, viewing experience and constructed space. By drawing upon the transdisciplinary practice of leading new media exponents United Visual Artists (UVA), this short paper will outline how the intersection of new technologies with exhibition space offers expanded possibilities for aesthetic experience. By focusing directly on the systems approach involved in producing a responsive light installation—in this case focusing upon a study of UVA’s exemplary Volume—a more extensive critical investigation of the flexible autonomy of the system in response to site-specific influences is precipitated, thereby revealing the technoaesthetic that characterizes the nature of aesthetic interaction in today’s mediated environments.

Keywords: Exhibition Studies, Digital Mediation, Spatial Practice, Interaction Design, Mediated Environments

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.1-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.790MB).

Dr. Vince Dziekan

Acting Head Multimedia & Digital Arts, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vince Dziekan is Deputy Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on curatorial design and the implications of virtuality on exhibition-based practices. This research forms the basis of his forthcoming book ‘Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition’ (Intellect Books, UK). He is a research associate with the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT, Liverpool), member of the Virtual NGV steering committee (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne), series editor for the TransDiscourse publication series (in collaboration with Z-Node Planetary Collegium) and Digital Media Curator of The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA).

Joel Collins

Researcher and Teaching Associate, Centre for Electronic Media Arts, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Joel Collins is a researcher and teaching associate associated with the Centre for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His Master of Design by Research project, titled ‘Towards Mixed Space’, addressed interactive light-based installations in public space. His overall investigation benefited from an internship opportunity to work with UVA on installation of Volume as part of the Light in Winter Festival in Melbourne in 2009. From this experience he was able to gain first-hand insight into UVA’s developmental processes leading from concept through to realisation, along with direct implementation of technology and software system involved in installing this work for public exhibition.