When Art Looks Back At You

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Kyle Vanhemert appreciates Evan Boehm’s Looking At A Horse, an audience-responsive artwork that “becomes more beautiful with each new pair of eyes trained upon it”:

It’s a clever piece, pairing striking animation and some simple body-tracking software to investigate a very basic question: What does it mean to look at a piece of art? … On one level, it plays on a phenomenon that will be familiar if you’ve ever visited a big museum on a busy day. Even if you know nothing about the stuff hanging on the walls, if there’s a crowd of people huddled around a particular canvas, you can tell straight away that it’s an “important” work of art. But it’s also an acknowledgement of the fact that looking alone can be different than looking with a group.

Zach Sokol sees a rebuke against artistic solipsism :

This is art that demands a community. Forget going to the museum by yourself. Boehm is promoting a modernized campfire tradition, favoring strength in numbers rather than solitary contemplation.

Previous Dish on interactive art here.