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Camille Utterback, Artist, San Francisco

Luscious Complexity: Transcending the Doohickey




October 5, 2009; 82 Minutes; Video

How can an interactive artwork incorporate complexity without incurring frustration in participants? How can it be both clear enough to engage participants, and complex enough to reward continued interaction? Where is the sweet spot where complexity doesn’t confuse, but enthralls? Finally, why create interactive art anyway? Is the whole field of interactive art just an exploration of the doohickey? Or, is there something richly satisfying and culturally relevant to be found here? Artist and recent MacArthur Fellow Camille Utterback explores these questions as she discusses the evolution of her own interactive art practice.