My Review of Nathaniel Stern’s “Interactive Art and Embodiment”

My review of Nathaniel Stern‘s new book Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance was published in Art Journal earlier this month. You can download the pdf of the article from Taylor and Francis (unfortunately there is a paywall) or you can read it on the blog for the book here.

This book is the first in a new series called “Art Future Book” from Gylphi. I hope to see more books of similar caliber from this series.

To give you a taste of what I think of this book, here is the conclusion of my review:

By asking us to engage with interactive art at the level of potential for movement, thinking, and feeling, Stern alters the idea of what inquiry can be, changing it from an analysis of something static into a dynamic event. The act of examination becomes as much a performance as the interactive art it investigates. Through the use of Stern’s implicit body framework, artworks become more than mere descriptions placed within a historical context. Through his writing, artworks become alive in the reading, giving us a sense of how the embodied interactions and emergent relations feel as they are encountered.

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