Art thrives on the exchange of ideas, and is no longer an object. The changing world offers new possibilities for art production and reception, outside of the traditional media. Time-based media art can manifest itself in several forms and draws concepts from various disciplines. Video art, sonic art, kinetic sculpture, and the more traditional performance art can each be classified as time-based media. The successful evasion of definitions is an attractive quality of time-based media, one that has drawn practitioners, critics, and curators to the field.
Art should be a tool with which to confront and provide reflection upon reality. Works of time-based media art require visual and intellectual curiosity from the viewer. Oftentimes they cannot be realized without the participation of the public. ReceiverFest hopes to contribute to the arts ecology of the region by pushing the boundaries of what should be expected from art today.
The countdown to the inaugural ReceiverFest has begun. In the weeks leading up to the festival, we will be blogging about the artists, the works to be featured, and the amazing venues in Charleston that will be hosting them (along with any other relevant material about the wonders of time-based media). In the meantime, check out Barbara Pollack's article about the rise of participatory art, published in January's ARTnews.