The « API for art » project aims to develop a uniform interface mechanism for every imaginable type of artwork, which will enable the artworks to open up and connect to their surrounding context, in analogy to how the world wide web currently functions. Nowadays’ websites operate as modules to be combined freely and creatively forming new meaningful applications. ….
Although being physically invisible, the API will lead to an omnipresent meta-artwork, reflecting on todays’ radically new dynamic between artist, artwork and audience. Visitors of the exhibition will be invited to assembling their own creative art mash-ups consisting of a selection of API enabled artworks. Instead of being the usual « 2.0″ co-creators of content only, the ISEA2011 audience will become co-creators on the level of the artwork. Which is a very suitable manifestation of a prominent trend of our time: artists providing the tools and context to let everyone become an artist too….
A findings of the collective research paper titled « Investigating the notion of Art2.0″ by Kasia Molga and Sander Veenhof, presented at the CHArt conference London, November 2010, triggered the launch of the « API for art » project.
The project is a about visualizing and globally launching a new perspective on artworks and their dynamics, refering theoretically to the fundamental IART research and developments carried out under the supervision of Bill Spinhoven by Gemeente Hengelo, Bibliotheek Hengelo, The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Inter Media Art Institute and Stichting Tschumipaviljoen.
« API for art » is supported by the Netherlands Media Art Institute NIMk.