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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 November, 2007, 12:00am

How does interactivity enhance

your art?

New media artist Wong Chung-yu:

'One of the unique and distinct characteristics of digital media is its interactivity, which is rather limited with traditional artforms such as painting and sculpture. The interaction merges the user's reaction with the piece's content, which means he or she is more involved with the piece.

'My digital piece Spiritual Water demonstrates the fluidity of Chinese ink, something you can't show on a painting because the ink is already set on the paper. How people interact with it [by placing their hand on a screen with a sensor] also changes its content.

'Similarly, The Ways of the World features an animation projected on a 'mountain and river' Chinese ink painting. The piece's animated content changes depending on what the user chooses to see. The piece explores different concepts of a relationship and by 'pressing' one of the four virtual buttons the user can see how the painting changes to match the theme.'

Seminar on the interactiveness of the art of Henry Chu and Wong Chung-yu, today, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central. Inquiries: 3101 2734. In Cantonese