From rituals to magic: Interactive art and HCI of the past, present, and future

Jeon, Myounghoon; Fiebrink, Rebecca; Edmonds, Ernest A. and Herath, Damith. 2019. From rituals to magic: Interactive art and HCI of the past, present, and future. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 131, pp. 108-119. ISSN 1071-5819 [Article]

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The connection between art and technology is much tighter than is commonly recognized. The emergence of aesthetic computing in the early 2000s has brought renewed focus on this relationship. In this article, we articulate how art and Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) are compatible with each other and actually essential to advance each other in this era, by briefly addressing interconnected components in both areas—interaction, creativity, embodiment, affect, and presence. After briefly introducing the history of interactive art, we discuss how art and HCI can contribute to one another by illustrating contemporary examples of art in immersive environments, robotic art, and machine intelligence in art. Then, we identify challenges and opportunities for collaborative efforts between art and HCI. Finally, we reiterate important implications and pose future directions. This article is intended as a catalyst to facilitate discussions on the mutual benefits of working together in the art and HCI communities. It also aims to provide artists and researchers in this domain with suggestions about where to go next.

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Aesthetic computing, Computational creativity, Embodied interaction, Interactive art, Robotic art

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Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


11 June 2019Accepted
12 June 2019Published Online
November 2019Published

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21 Jun 2019 10:08

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09 Jun 2021 19:10

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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