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