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International Interaction Laboratory publishes
"Manifesto of interactive art"
Interaktionslabor, the media lab founded by Johannes
Birringer, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year on the grounds
of the former coal mine Göttelborn (Germany). This summer the lab
completed its third book publication: “Manifesto of interactive
Edited by Klaus Behringer and Johannes Birringer (for PoCul Publishers),
the book describes the history of the interaction laboratory and its
gradual evolution into one of the most unusual cultural phenomena of
the Saarland region. Since 2003, this autonomous media lab has attracted
artists, engineers and computer scientists from around the world, offering
two-week residencices every summer for the exploration of the artistic
potential of new interactive media. The participants experimented with
software and sensors, performance, sound and film compositions, conducting
research into interactive architectures and real time processes. They
also developed prototypes for productions that were later presented
on stages or in galleries, while debating the possible outlines of a
manifesto. This book takes stock not only of the interactive experiments,
but also of these programmatic and poetic discussions that took place
over the past years.
After a historical review of the laboratory by its founding director
(introductory chapter), the book presents two versions of the manifesto
in German and English, followed by seven further chapters written by
members of last year's laboratory, including a video essay by Turkish
artist Hayriye Koç Basara, a critical essay on interactive dance
by Italian choreographer Vanessa Michielon, and a detailed analysis
of interactive wearables by British designer Michèle Danjoux
who had prototyped several of her remarkable costumes in Göttelborn.
The American dancer Anna Kroll reflects the phenomenon of temporality
in art, while Vanessa Vozzo writes about interfaces in interactive installations.
Local authors Uschi and Andreas Schmidt-Lenhard enrich the book with
humorous meditations on the problem of interaction, while co-editor
Klaus Behringer offers a moving account of his "outsider perspective"
as a photographer and longtime observer of the working methods of the
laboratory. The longest chapter in the book transcribes the "Göttelborn
Debates” on the apparent impossibilty of a “manifesto”
for interactive art, illuminating contentious issues, technical and
philosophical implications, and the social and political significance
of contemporary media practices.
The book is available in bookstores or can be ordered at
Table of contents
Johannes Birringer: "Interaktionslabor: A History"
Manifest der Interaktiven Kunst
Elliott O’Brart: "Interactive Manifesto notes"
Hayriye Koç Basara: "About Collaboration"
Vanessa Michielon: "How to dance in live interactive dance?"
Michèle Danjoux in conversation with Vanessa Michielon and Johannes
Birringer: "Interactive Technologies, Costume Design and Choreography"
Andreas & Uschi Schmidt-Lenhard: "Interaktion / Kunst / Labor"
Vanessa Vozzo: "Reflections on conceiving an interface for interactive
Anna Kroll: "Thinking about Time"
Klaus Behringer: "Noema kaputt? Über Fotografie und Interaktion"
Klaus Behringer, Andreas Lenhard, Uschi Schmidt-Lenhard, Johannes Birringer:
"Das Manifest über Interaktion: Gespräche und Überlegungen
Anhang: Alle Namen, Nach- und Hinweise, Quellen und Absinkweiher, Eindicker
An overview of all projects can be found on this website. Please address
press inquiries concerning the book to the director of the laboratory
(email@example.com) or to Uschi Schmidt-Lenhard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Preview of Chapter 2:
ist Interaktions-Kunst? Ein Manifest.
Years of Interaktionslabor:
Michielon interview with Johannes Birringer
notes on design and performance concepts are published on this site.