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id ga9910
authors Mottram, Chiron and Penn, Alan
year 1999
title Slugfest
source International Conference on Generative Art
summary This paper describes the creation of interactive and responsive digital art. By adding a message handling interpreter to SGI's Performer software we have created a medium within which interactions between virtual objects and interactions with the user are made possible. By making objects within the medium responsive to each other it is possible to create emergent effects. By making the medium responsive to the user the viewer is more intimately involved in the artwork. However, at the same time this requires the artist to work with the intrinsic properties of emergence in the system to and to develop the audience relationship by means of involvement in a manner more akin to performance than the plastic arts.The use of virtual reality allows the creation of a profusion of different forms and behaviours not possible in conventional plastic media. The aesthetic of these forms can be governed in two ways, either by in built rules or by direct intervention by the artist/audience persona. The built in rules can be changed dynamically as can the objects' actions as mediated by the viewer's intervention. Underlying this is the aesthetic produced by the machinery of the computer, which can both impede and improve this process, this is the illusion of 3D provided by the Performer libraries in conjuction with the SGI box, and the many constraints implied by this. As such we are also limited by the input devices, though the mouse has now almost become synonymous with the pen, as a means by which our interaction with computer is governed. The paper describes a series of pieces which explore the boundaries of generated and evolving artworks in which kinetics and morphogenesis are integral to investigations of social interaction between virtual performers.
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