[NetBehaviour] practice-based PhD thesis in art: From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role of the active participant

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Tue Jan 1 14:52:38 CET 2019

Actually reading it! Bah! I consider that to be cheating, sir.

On 31/12/2018 16:42, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:
> Hi Varvara,
> Much thanks for sharing to the list - will read ;-)
> Wishing you well.
> marc
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> On Wednesday, 26 December 2018 23:45, Varvara Guljajeva via 
> NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
>> Dear readers,
>> I have recently successfully depended my PhD dissertation at Estonian 
>> Academy of Arts and thought to share the digital version of it, since 
>> topic might be interesting for this mailing list audience.
>> Title: From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role 
>> of the active participant 
>> <https://eka.entu.ee/shared/429088/GsqzlotFPrFi1tdtAmVX1Wo8cxFWi4iQjntDJcO4n0mE5NAx8K8pef9V3AC9k3lB>
>> Supervisors: dr Raivo Kelomees (Estonian Academy of Arts) and dr Pau 
>> Waelder (The Open University of Catalonia)
>> Pre-reviewers: Prof dr Christa Sommerer (Interface Cultures, The 
>> University of Art and Design Linz) and Prof dr Moises Mañas Carbonell 
>> (Faculty of Fine Arts, Polytechnic University of Valencia)
>> Opponent: Prof dr Christa Sommerer (Interface Cultures, The 
>> University of Art and Design Linz)
>> The practice-based dissertation analyses and contextualises passive 
>> audience interaction through the lens of post-participation. Research 
>> explores the shift from active to passive participation in 
>> interactive art. By exploring interactive art history and the 
>> discourse of identity within the field, this dissertation 
>> investigates how artworks that demonstrate no audience involvement, 
>> but still incorporate an internal system interaction with a data 
>> source, are addressed. In other words, the research tracks down the 
>> interest shift from human-machine to system-to-system interaction, 
>> and explores the reasons behind this.
>> In this thesis, a differentiation is made between direct and indirect 
>> post-participation. Hence, the selected artworks are analysed from 
>> the perspective of concept, direct or indirect post-participation 
>> components, and realisation. In addition, related artworks by other 
>> artists are introduced and discussed under each subcategory of 
>> post-participation.
>> In the end, the dissertation contributes to the evolution of 
>> interactive art, by analysing and contextualising passive audience 
>> participation in the form of post-participation. Author argues that 
>> the concept of post-participation helps to address the shift from an 
>> active to a passive spectator in the complex age of dataveillance, an 
>> age in which humans are continuously tracked, traced, monitored and 
>> surveilled without our consent.
>> Please find the PhD thesis here 
>> <https://eka.entu.ee/shared/429088/GsqzlotFPrFi1tdtAmVX1Wo8cxFWi4iQjntDJcO4n0mE5NAx8K8pef9V3AC9k3lB>.
>> best regards,
>> Varvara Guljajeva, PhD
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