Thursday, January 26, 2006

[stop]kontakt

Via we-make-money-not-art comes word of an truly interesting artistic interface.

This is an installation titled [stop]kontakt, designed primarily for children.



A number of objects are wired together and labeled with a + or -. In order to make these objects physically work, the participants must join together the + and - by forming links between them (thus completing the electrical curcuit and activating the object).

Ultimately, the interface isn't anything more than a series of triggers that force the partipants to work together in order for the installation to work successfully. However, that is the goal of the installation, not any misguided attempt to free the guitar (or electronic music) from some imagined prison. [stop]kontakt is an interactive installation, in every sense of the word.

Plus it seems like a lot of fun for the kids....

1 Comments:

Blogger Mike Boyd said...

This is a very cool installation. I totally agree that the lack of pretense with this one is nice(versus the "freeing of the guitar"). Also interesting about this one is the visual aspect - differnt people will figure out different ways of interacting with the work, over varying spans of time (the possibility for long segments of experimentation is really promising). This is a great example of a simple concept that probably becomes more complex and interesting in realization.

1/27/2006 10:36 AM  

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