Engaging the Audience in Interactive Digital Media Art Installations

Event Date: 

Friday, December 6, 2002 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

George Legrady

George Legrady is an artist and Professor of Art Studio and Media Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara. Professor Legrady's presentation focuses on digital media art exhibitions that use computer technology as a means of recording the audience's presence and movement within the gallery space. He discusses a presentation of projects, and issues to address in the design of such installations. Topics include: audience motion study, interface sensing technology, planning around limitations, designing the interface, creating the audio/visual/mechanical event.

Professor Legrady addresses questions about audience activity such as, how does the space influence the action to be generated? He considers the audience as a group and actions such as clustering, swarming, flocking behavior, and sampling. He also presents work that interacts with the individual spectator through movement in the space, location, movement, timing. And works that modify behaviors such as calmness, nervousness, encounters, etc.

Another aspect he considers involves cultural questions: How can the audience's movements be integrated as a process in the narrative development? And finally he speaks to the issue of what are the consequences of such environments in terms of the development of "intelligent spaces" in artistic exhibition? Originally recorded December 6, 2002 at UC Santa Barbara.