Rebelo, Pablo

2003

Performing Space

Organised Sound: Vol. 8 no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 181-186.

URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_OSO

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Interactivity Sound Installation Access (to Electroacoustic Music) Improvisation

Abstract:

This article discusses how the notion of performance provides impetus for the design of interactive digital environments. These environments can ultimately be regarded as user-spaces; a condition which replaces the ‘fixed’ art-object with a configuration of interactions. Our understanding of space, as suggested by Lefevbre (2001), defines the ‘inhabitant’ as a full participant, a user, a performer of space. What is at play when the installation artist designs environments that invite performative exploration? The issue of improvised performance in the inhabiting of installation spaces is exposed. Two interactive installations by the author and works by others in the field provide a context for discussion and analysis.