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The spatial context of the aesthetic experience in interactive art: An inter-subjective relationship

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This article investigates the aesthetic experience within telematic space, using terms introduced by kleinian psychoanalysis. We argue that the object of the aesthetic experience in multi-sensory interactive installations can be analysed within a spatial context of a dual nature, involving both the physical space of the installation and the virtual space of the participating subject’s perception, a hybrid space. Therefore, we discuss the aesthetic experience of interactive artworks as an intersubjective relationship between the artist and the audience, where the aesthetic object becomes the subjective perceptual experience of this process of interaction. The space, where the visitor ‘meets’ the artist, is the place of the aesthetic experience. Aesthetic experience takes place in both the physical and the ‘potential’ world of our internal representations, the internalized, ‘mental space’ of projected fantasies: our unconscious.
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Keywords: aesthetic experience; kleinian psychoanalysis; multi-sensory installations; telematic space

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Publication date: May 17, 2012

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