An introduction by Lanfranco Aceti about Touch and Go, a special LEA issue produced on the occasion of Watermans’ International Festival of Digital Art; a year-long festival coinciding with the Olympics and Paralympics in London hosting a series of installations that explore the impact of technology in art as well as the meaning, boundaries and issues of interaction and participation.
The Leonardo Electronic Almanac special issue Touch and Go is the result of discussions and the themes explored during the year-long Festival seminars at Watermans in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London including audience engagement, new media geographies, digital art and illusion, gesture and art in virtual reality.
This issue explores the role interactivity and participation, as well as light art and new media approaches to the public space, may play in fostering engagement and shared forms of participation.
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