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D.I.Y Art

Artists hope to reach an audience, but now they are doing that literally. Interactive art pulls spectators right into the work to become participants. In Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled,” the viewer is invited to take pieces of wrapped candies that are arranged on the ground. For the artist, the piece is symbolic of his friends that passed away due to AIDS.

Interactive art requires the involvement of the viewer to realize the work’s purpose. This trend in art emerged in the mid-twentieth century with artists like Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, who questioned established ideas of what art is. More recently, artists have incorporated technology into interactive art. Today, all images and visual art can be easily accessed online. Participatory art contradicts that traditional experience; it forces the viewer to engage in the art rather than having a purely visual encounter. Previously artworks had one specific interpretation. But interactive art is left open ended so the participants leave with their personal experience of the piece. You can engage in local interactive art at the Artechouse and the Hirschhorn. Plus check out these additional art works that you can step into.


Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (Placebo) 1991

Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (Placebo) 1991


  1. Diana Contreras wrote:

    Interactive art is so interesting because it attracts people who aren’t normally interested in the arts. I visited Artechouse and it was really cool! The funny thing is that my cousin (who hates art and has no artistic bone in her body) is the one who told me about it! The other thing I love about interactive art is that children can get involved as well. Children LOVE touching things, that’s how they learn. Having an exhibit where they’re allowed to touch the art is a great way to get exposure at an early age. I think its a wonderful thing for art as a whole.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink
  2. Lauren Lapid wrote:

    It’s amazing to see how increased volume of one simple thing can transform a viewer’s experience! Looking at Gonzalez-Torres’ work from afar, it almost looks like a metallic rug or carpet of sorts. And then getting ip close and seeing that it’s a conglomeration of candy wrappers—wow. It definitely does require the viewer to interact with the work. Great read!

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  3. Maryam Nozary wrote:

    I love interactive art and the impact it has on the work and the person. The real art is the interaction with the person and the object, each person will pursue it differently. I previously went to any interactive art gallery that wanted us to throw pottery against the wall inside a square. The work “untitled” is interesting because it’s that artist expression/way of dealing with death he is sharing with the world.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  4. Hoangnhat Nguyen wrote:

    Hi Jei. Thank you for your post. Your blog post is relatable to mine. My post was about virtual reality art, and it is another form of interactive art. I believe interactive art is fascinating because it allows users to engage more of the artist’s work. It also grabs the viewers attention to understand why the artists created their artwork for. Thank you again for your post.

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink