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Another point for further development came in the form of the more subtle levels of interactivity. The intention was that every person who entered the space influenced the next person’s experience of the work, not only by shaping the video projections within the space, but also by changing the dimension and formation of the veiled textural props. Each individual’s pathway through and around the grid determined how the next person would find and encounter these props. Although this did take place, the audience were completely unaware of their role in shaping the work for the next participant. In order to work this principle to a fuller extent the technology could play a part. The physical echo of each performer could well be captured on camera and fed through the computer system, in order to become a projected image upon the banners. Instead of merely influencing the digital choreography, the audience could see their image projected too, this in turn creating another layer to the installation.

In contrast to creating a dance film which is presented to the audience in a formal setting, with certain conventions concerning audience behaviour and a general rule of linear form, an installation such as ‘Knowhere?’ breaks down the boundaries and opens the work to the principles paved out by the post-modernists. To have a work which changes and grows with every interaction it encounters makes room for the art to evolve into something more. Hypertext allows this evolution to occur, leaving behind echoes of each person and their individual experience of the art, resonances which alter and influence our encounter and passage through the system. With such integral principles as non-linear form, democratisation of art, audience interactivity through new technology and the probability of acclimatization in interface with the audience member, it would seem that hypertext instantiates both sides of the argument. Hypermedia is a contemporaneous model that utilises current technology to structure art, however it also reinforces the ideas of the post-modernists and post-structuralists whilst facilitating the organisation and presentation of artistic ideas.


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