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“The Interactive Show”

Thread Waxing Space

Was the notion that the viewer completes the artwork ever much more than a rhetorical proposition? For the artists in this show it ceased to be merely rhetorical and actually became a functional proposition. The medium was not a material but, rather, a connection or a conjunction, a medium in the etymological sense of the word, something that happened between a work and a viewer.

How many times have you gone to an art gallery and wished you could take a few whacks at something with a hammer? Matthew Schlanger’s Lumpy Banger, 1991, invited you to pound a few nails into a block of wood wired for sound and embedded with a video monitor. Schlanger provided the hammer and nails, though he hoped that “some very creative people might even create and bring with them their own nails, thereby extending the interactive process beyond the walls of the gallery.” He also hoped that you would be considerate

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