Response to Behaviourist Art and the Cybernetic Vision

I enjoyed Roy Ascott’s claim that interactive art “must free itself from the modernist ideal if the ‘perfect object’.” That an important characteristic of Modern art is that is offers a “high degree of uncertainty and a great intensity of participation,” and that “there is no point at which it can be said to have reached a final form.” It provides a freer exchange of what Ascott calls “dialogue,” and brings an equilibrium to the playing field between the artist and the spectator. I always disliked the idea of artistic elitism in any form because it only encourages people to become grossly conceited and arrogant in their own thoughts. What good is art if it only encourages a finite amount of conversation; that once one significant point has been made about a piece of art it becomes the only point? To me. Ascott’s perspective on the evolution of art with technology is much more engaging, exciting and welcoming.

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