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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