LEA Volume 18 Issue 3
Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies, Irini Papadimitriou
Editors: Jonathan Munro and Özden Şahin
Reference: Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez, “Co-Authored Narrative Experience: Affective, Embodied Interaction through Combining the Diachronic with the Synchronistic,” eds. Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies and Irini Papadimitriou, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Touch and Go) 18, no. 3 (2012): 72-83.
Co-Authored Narrative Experience: Affective, Embodied Interaction through Combining the Diachronic with the Synchronistic
by Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez
Examination of perception tends to look at senses in isolation, but Neuroaesthetics and Gestalt design principles treat perception as an embodied synaesthetic experience. The Diasynchronoscope project takes time-based techniques from animation and converts them to spatiality, animating static objects through projected light and creating transient visual cues that, when combined with sound, demand selective attention. The work challenges the use of passive nouns to describe participants such as ‘user’ or ‘audience’ or ‘viewer’ and instead asks participants to recognise their true position to be that of ‘exegete,’ reading and interpreting the gaps in space and time. Their interaction with the work provides narrative meaning transcending the static and hidden, to create a Gestalt systemic whole, making each participant a truly immersed co-creator. Using audience analysis, the paper evaluates the work against more traditional media such as screen-based visuals and makes the case for further research into somatic perception of dynamics.
Full article is available for download as a pdf here.
The artworks in the article are © Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez.
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