[dance-tech] Re: Manifesto on "interactional art" published

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:42:28 +0000

[from press release / September, 2014 ]

:: Interaktionslabor publishes new "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 art."

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 (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 curator 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 "Göttelborner 
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 

An overview of all projects can be found on the website: 


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