Reading Response to Transforming Mirrors: Subjectivity and Control in Interactive Media by David Rokeby
David Rokeby claims that the technology we use reflects back to us like a mirror. This is what makes technology interactive and can give us a sense of self-image. He believes that technology as a mirror can be a form of self expression. For example, artists can try to instill interaction into the context of their art by providing a “blank canvas” or “looking glass” for the spectator to reflect upon. When we are presented with a blank canvas, we have a natural curiosity to want to fill that canvas.
He also states that interaction can be added through navigable structures, creative mediums, transforming mirrors and automation. In my personal work, I feel that it is a combination of these factors that makes my artwork more interactive, with navigation being the most important for me. I find that intuitive navigation is what draws the user or spectator into the work. When the navigational structures are too difficult to use or understand, the user is likely to lose interest in the work and give up.