Prof. Hiroshi Ishii is the director of the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group. His team’s mission is to envision new forms of human-machine interaction and to enable us to experience and grasp the ideas of tomorrow today. His vision of RADICAL ATOMS also inspired this year’s Ars Electronica Festival theme.
What does interactive actually mean? We touch something and then experience the upshot of that act? Or does interactivity already come about when we view an image? Victoria Vesna, a 2016 Prix Ars Electronica juror, talked to us about defining interactive art, and elaborated on something she learned about it from media artist Roy Ascott.
Enrique Rivera is one of the jurors at the Prix Ars Electronica 2014 for the category “Interactive Art”. We asked him what he understands by “interactivity” and whether people in Chile interact differently than people in Japan or Europe.