The dual roles of the spectator as active viewer and intended author in participatory database art

Wun Ting Hsu, Wen-Shu Lai*

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Abstract

This paper addresses the role of the spectator in participatory works of database art. Research into the spectator's role focuses on two leading concepts: open work and participatory culture. We then identify characteristics of participatory database art in terms of authorship, empowerment, and autonomy. Collective authorship consists of an artist's intention to endow spectators with a certain level of authorship. The implications of the spectator's role in participatory database art are fully discussed and compared to the concept of the implied reader in reception theory. We conclude that the spectator is both an active viewer and an intended author.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-212
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Arts and Technology
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Database art
  • Empowerment
  • First-and-collective authorship
  • Implied reader
  • Intended author
  • Open work
  • Participatory culture
  • Viewer participation

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