art is dominated by dead heroes, mythical creatures and good-looking
abstractions. The general population is increasingly unable to draw
meaning from these forgotten or obscure icons. The most significant
memory of public interaction remains in "dad-and-Venus-in-Italy"
forms of photographic record. This, of course, is common ritual practice.
Public art sites-
this demonstration, capacitance sensors are attached to an existing
metallic element in the landscape, turning it into a reactive agent.
Touching the element causes an immediate change in the local environment-
the ambient sound level begins to rise (through a mechanical fan motion).
at about ten seconds, the extended interaction is rewarded when the
sound curve peaks, and about twenty metres away, a flurry of text (a
cut-up "Dada" poem on paper) falls out of a grove of trees.
This creates a poetic system on the ground, a remote aggregation of
the ritual acts of a group. To "read" the poetic reward, you must traverse
the distance to the trees. At the same time, another person or group
may occupy the interactive space, and shower you with their poem. The
poem itself is about what you and they both see, a visual essay on the
shared space, and the iconography of the "button" object.
sketch: rollover for action.
sensor and poem: click to view.