Mutual Actions

Spring / Summer 2008

This issue proposes a reflection on two distinct yet overlapping phenomena: interactivity – which refers primarily to the relation between the individual and the machine, particularly in technological artworks requiring the spectator’s participation – and interaction, which instead calls to mind a relationship between individuals, specifically between the artist and members of the public, and is made evident in multimedia and video works, web art, and participative works.






Current Issue


We now face a global water crisis. Warning signs are flashing everywhere about the increased desertification of the Earth, the industrial pollution of water resources, and the over-exploitation of aquifers. Faced with such a bleak portrait and the fact that environmental and humanitarian challenges are dependent on economic issues and interlinked policies, which are framed by complex laws, the influence of art is relatively modest. Nevertheless, alongside civic actions that we should actively do, artists can give back to water its symbolic and sacred value. Taking a poetical approach to water, the artists and theorists in this issue navigate between aesthetic forms, activist actions, and metaphor-rich analytical thinking. Adopting a resolutely critical perspective, the articles refer to artworks that try to raise awareness about water pollution and climate issues, envisage a restorative justice, and offer new horizons of hope.