[ISEA2000] Panel: Maurice Benayoun, Jean-Jacques Birgé & Minna Tarkka – Art, Design and Interactivity (introduction)

Panel Statement

The artist speaks up, the designer lends his voice… Is it that simple? The designer responds to specifications while dealing with constraints. But in the process, he also impacts on aesthetics. The artist, on the other hand, chooses his subject and the setting of his discourse, but his intention also defines specifications : is he the designer of his own creation? These both reflect the same mastery over matter. However, they relate to diferent trades, practices, economies and even different communities.


  • Maurice Benayoun,  France, Artist explorer in multimedia, Z-A Production
  • Jean-Jacques Birgé, France, composer, sound designer
  • Minna Tarkka, Finland, Professor, UIAH Media Lab, Helsinki