enough as a society to accept the realities of public thought and
_expression. Perhaps the "is it art?" question is at play
in the minds of clients. Does a work that is open to public contribution
constitute a genuine artistic statement on the part of the artist?
- an outdated perception if this is true.
4. What meaning has the interactivity for the project? What shall
the Interaction produce, cause?
engagement - but more importantly, a public contribution to the
artistic outcome. The work is not *reactive* to the public but interactive.
The work itself is a canvas or platform for public contribution
and is transformed through interaction. The result of interaction
is a collection of public thought and _expression. The work also
creates a kind of dialogue with the past - where a person's speech
is used to recall previous contributions on the basis of its sonic
qualities (phrasing, inflection, roughness, pitch, modulation etc.
What strategies and methods are applied to catch attention and stimulate
participation in the interaction?
playback triggered by proximity sensors can be used to attract attention
of passers-by. Signs can also be used to instruct individuals. In
one recent incarnation of the work (a planned incarnation) - a question
was to be asked - inscribed on a plaque. The question was to be
site specific - or would prompt site-specific responses. For example
in an alleyway installation in downtown Melbourne - the question
could be: "How have drugs impacted on your life?" - or
alternatively "How do feel about this alleyway?"