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Ambient interaction and situational influence: case studies in public sites.

Her, Jiun-Jhy; Hamlyn, Jim


Jiun-Jhy Her


An audience's direct physical intervention is widely believed to be instrumental in the field of interactive art. However, this long established expectation faces new challenges through the increasing accessibility of a growing diversity of interactive technologies and ubiquitous smart media. Such innovations are often fully integrated components of interactive public artworks, many of which do not directly involve audiences or individuals as key agents in the functional or aesthetic realisation of the work. Based on three case studies of interactive artworks in public places, this article identifies an important characteristic of interactivity in interactive art, through the largely unexplored concept of 'Ambient Interaction' in which artworks are embodied and enacted through environmental conditions and situational influences rather than exclusively through people's intentional and direct physical engagement.


HER, J.-J. and HAMLYN, J. 2015. Ambient interaction and situational influence: case studies in public sites. Digital creativity [online], 26 (3-4), pages 245-262. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2015
Publication Date Oct 2, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2020
Journal Digital creativity
Print ISSN 1462-6268
Electronic ISSN 1744-3806
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 3-4
Pages 245-262
Keywords Interactivity; Ambient interaction; Interactive art; Public art; Situational influence
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