Unleashing Screensaver: Apr 19th

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Mary Meixner No Comments

Course ‘Interactivity of art piece’ is lectured by Tomas Javurek at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava since 2013.
Following the course mission – to equip the students of three “intermedia” studios of AFAD’s Intermedia department with the practical skills in the field of interactive, programmable media – we usually start our communication at the point of a basic literacy of how such media (e.g. present in the pockets of all students) work, what is their base and recent history, and how (and why) they could be used in a current artistic practice. The “aesthetic code” we work with is closer to the performance art (behavior, experience or act) than to the aesthetic of 2D image.


Mária Macková, Alexandra Smatanová, Nina Nagyová, Tomáš Javůrek, Lenka Adamcová

Driving through the discussion about the aesthetic literacy and its language connotations, we chose the coding respectively decoding paradigm as our screensaver starting point. The written message is coded to the symbols to be decoded by literate reader. The process question here is if the art piece be coded into the formal language of its medium and later decoded by the literate art “reader”.

However, we guess, there is no “final” aesthetic literacy nor “final” aesthetic language vocabulary. The same symbols can be read differently in different cultural or historical context and a lot of misunderstanding can come to the scene all the time. The WYSIWYG or UFO strategies are maybe the only skills the viewer should not have to avoid but to play with such misunderstandings. The ability to calm down, enjoy their own inner position and creatively interact with the art piece is possible viewer practice.

In order to respect the process of education, the screensaver medium as well as the medium we chose to work with (synthetic image and animations), we decided to grab the most ambient part of our creative process – the render one.



Part of  XY 2018 – exhibitions with walk, walk through exhibition openings
Apr 19, 2018
organized by PAF & Gallery XY

Part of Unleashing Screensaver & Unleashing exhibitions
Apr 1 – May 31, 2018
concept & coordination: (c) merry
supported by PAF & Teachers College, Columbia University

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