Survey and analysis of interactive art documentation, 1979–2017

Ji Yoon Jang, Byeongwon Ha, Byungjoo Lee

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Today, documentation is becoming a major source of exposure and appreciation for artworks on the Internet, beyond the original purpose of preservation and academic archiving. This study analyzes 982 doc-umentations of interactive digital art projects created between 1979 and 2017. Each documentation was represented as a point in a 17-di-mensional vector space through binary encoding. The resulting visualization from the t-SNE algorithm shows that, compared to its phenomenological quality, most documentation of interactive art is a cinematic surrogate that follows film post-production techniques. In conclusion, this study calls for the development of documentary techniques that can provide the viewer with a quasi-authentic experience of the original work in interactive digital art.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-285
Number of pages2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017R1C1B2002101 and NRF-2018R1A5A7025409).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 ISAST.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


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