An Essay on the Diverse History of Interactive Arts 

An Essay on the Diverse History of Interactive Arts 

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March 23, 2011/ 6.00pm 

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Interactive arts emerged in the 1950-60s, when the western world was living through a fundamental socio-cultural transformation, and aesthetical paradigms changed together with it. Art dematerialized, destabilized, becameless defined, transformed itself into an event and became disordered. Escaping the confines of museums and galleries, art started being included in public spaces and becoming a part of community life, consonant to other commonplace wonders. Three elements—lack of materialism, transforming into an event, and the creative interaction of the viewer—became the most important means by which to distinguish the movement of art as an event from which interactive art evolved.

From Ryszard Kluszczyński’s book:

Interactive Art: From Art—Tools for Interactive Exhibits

Ryszard Kluszczyński

Professor at the University of Lodz, Head of Department of Media and Audiovisual Culture at the University of Lodz, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (Department of Visual Education), and Professor at the Art University in Poznan (Department of Multimedia communications). Professor Kluszczyński is researching the problems of informational and network societies, cyber clubs, multimediaart, modernart theory, avant-garde art and art criticism. He authored the following books: Film — Arе of the Second Avant-garde (1990), Avant-garde — theoretical reflections (1997), Paintings in Freedom: Historical Media Art Studies in Poland (1998), Film—Video—Multimedia: The Art of Motion Pictures in the Electronic Age (1999), Informational Society. Cyber culture. Art of Multimedia (2001), Interactive Art: From Art — Tools for Interactive Exhibits (2010).         

Open Archive– the series of meetings with famous representatives of modern Polish art: artists, curators, critics and theorists, beganin the Polish Institute in Kyiv in 2006. Through Open Archive Pawel Althamer, Artur Zmijewski, Professor Grzegorz Kowalski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zbigniew Libera, Anda Rottenberg shared their thoughts.

Professor Kluszczyński’s article can be read in the next issue of the periodical Critica, published in Kyiv.

The Polish Institute in Kyiv extends their gratitude to Ms. Janina Prudenkofor her organizational assistance.