The Image in Interaction and Proprioception
Keywords:animism, image, haptic visuality, interactive art, biofeedback art, proprioception
The image role in interactive and biosensorial artwork leads back to the term of animism. In that understanding, images of objects and beings are connected with physical objects and beings. We encounter attempts of animistic connection of images and objects in interactive artworks, images become alive. My argument is that in these artworks the rationalistic image-object and even viewer-artwork distinction is erased, moreover: the viewer becomes an image, the artwork. We can follow experiments in multimedia, telecommunication art, interactive art, and biofeedback art and see a gradual disappearance of the breach between the viewer and the image. This is a paradigmatically a new situation in art history where there is no distinction between viewer and the artwork.