Articles — January 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

The Variable Museum: Off-Topic Art + Interview, Statement, Artwork

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AR markers used in the Without Borders VIII installation of The Variable Museum, Orono, ME 2011. © John Bell.

AR markers used in the Without Borders VIII installation of The Variable Museum, Orono, ME 2011. © John Bell.

LEA Volume 19 Issue 1
Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti and Richard Rinehart
Editors: Ozden Sahin, Jonathan Munro and Catherine M. Weir

ISBN: 978-1-906897-20-8
ISSN: 1071-4391

The Variable Museum: Off-Topic Art
+ Interview, Statement, Artwork

by John Bell

Augmented reality provides the opportunity to find a balance point between personalized digital content and the shared context of a group of people in a physical room. Taking advantage of the opportunity requires navigating some significant obstacles though, including the aura associated with traditional art spaces and objects. The Variable Museum provides individuals, in a group, with varying limited experiences of an artwork and asks them to discover what the complete work is by comparing their perspective with the others. The resulting discussion creates a new work specific to the group that participates in it and replaces the illusion of personalization with discourse and social construction.

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

Volume 19 Issue 1 of Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is published online as a free PDF but will also be rolled out as Amazon Print on Demand and will be available on iTunes, iPad, Kindle and other e-publishing outlets.

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