Art Critique by Other Means

Christian Sivertsen, Maarten Smith, Sander van der Zwan

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HCI projects bringing digital and interactive technologies into art museums are affected by a conception of the relation between art and design that narrows the available design space. This is often done by positioning such technologies either as presenting information about artworks, as artworks themselves, or by taking a ’hands-off’ approach. Aiming to re-investigate this conceptual space, we draw on an enactive approach to art developed by Alva Noë and, by means of a design example (an installation in the MUNCH museum), discuss how this approach redirected the design process. Specifically, how it affected the way the design team related to the original artworks and their history, and how they approached evaluating their work. We show by example how understanding such technologies in terms of how they educate visitors’ attention, similarly to art critique, allows designers to participate in correspondence with artworks using unique material, aesthetic, and embodied means.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '23 : Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages9
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2023
Pages 343–352
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9893-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventDesigning Interactive Systems Conference - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023
Conference number: 2023


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems Conference
LocationCarnegie Mellon University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Digital Technologies in Art Museums
  • Enactive Approach to Art
  • Design Process in Interactive Installations
  • Visitor Attention in Museums


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