Interactivity — Who Cares?

Simon Penny
University of California, Irvine
Forthcoming Fiberculture, 2011

This paper places contemporary modalities of digital interaction in an historical context of a quarter century of technological development and artistic experimentation. Specific works are discussed as examplars of significant milestones in the engineering and the aesthetics of interaction. Motivations for the pursuit of interactivity are reviewed, This review permits a discussion of changing logics of interaction in the context of naturalisation to increasingly sophisticated digital tools and appliances and the current period of ubiquitous computing.

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