2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
Inventor's Paradise is an interactive installation that allows audience members to realize spectacular inventions within the space of the gallery. Extending the interactive claims of new media artworks into collaborative territory, this installation will be a performative atmosphere that combines pedagogical, social and technological themes. With a fully outfitted workshop, complete with an electronics lab, programmable chips, and machining facilities, Inventor's Paradise will offer "invention production services" to visitors who can work with Mark Allen during gallery hours to realize various inventions. While the scope of the project may at first appear somewhat limited by the parameters of time, the gallery context and visitors' ability to visualize complex schemes, the installation will playfully perform as an environment that transforms the audiences role from passive consumer to engaged producer of technological culture. Drawing on the rich legacy of interactivity, the role of the artist in Inventor's Paradise becomes a facilitator in an improvisational project that will yield a three-dimensional prototype and documentation of each interaction.
interactive installation; collaborative art; improvisation; C-Level; Machine project