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on creative engineering and new media art

Structured tagging

January 24th, 2008

I’m trying to use tags in two ways – partly just as keywords, but also in a more structured way.

Types of interactivity

  • autonomous: things that do things on their own
  • responsive: things that simply respond in a simple, predictable way
  • interactive: things that “listen, think, and speak”
  • ergodic: things that are not actually interactive (as defined above) but require some sort of “interaction” (in a broader sense) from the viewer, user, player etc. (I’m using this word more or less the way Espen Aarseth does)

Size of things

  • wearable: things you wear (XS)
  • installation: physical objects (S-M)
  • I’m using this term broadly, not just for “installations” in a contemporary art meaning

  • environment: on the scale of rooms (L)
  • large-scale: on the scale of buildings (XL)

Types of things

  • bio-art: things including living organisms
  • video: things including video (or more accurately, moving images)
  • kinetic: physical things that move
  • comceptual: used broadly, both as “concept art” but also for pieces that are more concepts than actual physical items