[ISEA2011] Paper: Luiz Antonio Garcia Diniz & Adilson A. J. de Oliveira – Science, Art and Philosophy: A Reflection on a Methodological Approach to Intersemiotic Analysis of Interactive Installations


We intend to analyze the construction processes of the Installation “Um Novo Tempo – A New Time”, created by the Research Group LABI – Open Laboratory of Interactivity, from the perspective of Yuri Lotman’s reflections on semiotics. Our approach is guided by reflexive relations that lie at the intersection of the concepts of Biosphere and Semiosphere. We consider, accordingly, that the specific languages that contributed to its construction are only in existence in the Semiosphere, which precedes semiosis related to the art objects that build it. In this sense, the experience of interacting was occurring in and outside the cultural temporality to which it is extrinsic, as it is processed by perceptual channels – intrinsic temporality, involving both the immanent information contained in object through it is linked to processes and interaction, and personal information, through affection, and finally, the encyclopedic and sensitive knowledge which made this individual an unrepeatable singularity. Such cultural texture –  forming subjectivities lead us back to Guattari’s concept of subjectivity regarding the machines of subjectivities which are responsible for the creation of bonds and references, both poetic and scientific, in order to make the instauration of interactivity happen.

It’s important to say that the goal of LABI is scientific dissemination through the relations established between the interactor and interactive installations. These are presented as potential mediators and spaces of possibilities. Thus, our proposal is to analyze which concepts proposed in the statement find a form of receptivity that would be sensible to the intelligible, or, if the proposition placed, which consists in making the sensible intelligible and the intelligible sensible was apprehended and to what degree such accomplishment is achieved in view of the polysemy of meaning that such objects are proposing. To do so, we will refer in the analysis of the discursive strategies through which the object of our study was constructed and the intersemiotic relationships entered the broader concept of semiotics of culture. We believe that this methodology can contribute to the analysis of interactive installations tout court, as well as in the construction of an aesthetic reflection that allows artists to employ a range of operational and seminal concepts for the practice of artistic production.

  • Dr. Luiz Antonio Garcia Diniz Postdoctoral research (University Federal of Sao Carlos – Sao Paulo-advisor-Adilson J A de Oliveira) UFSCar/Labi: Creation and reception in the interactive installations related to digital medias (Grantee by FAPESP, N/2010/00118-3. Research group: LABI – Open laboratory of Interactivity UFSCar/Sao Paulo – Brazil. Graduate at Sciences Politics and Socials from Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo (1979), D.E.A. (Diplôme d´études Approfondies) at Histoire de La Philosophie from Universite de Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne) (1982), Master’s at Theory of Literature from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) (2004) and PhD. at Theory of Literature from UNESP – São Paulo, (2008). These: Cyberculture, Hypertext and Cybercity: The literature and Arts in the context of Digital Medias.Literature (Theory of Literature). UNESP-IBILCE. Stage Ph.D., stage at Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM, Ecole des Arts Visuels et Médiatiques (EAVM).  Work on the relationship of the arts with new technologies, especially in the new syntax and the production of meaning provoked by the interface between human and machine, i.e. a relationship built and created in a cybrid environment. As an artist: Exhibitions in various countries such as Brazil, France, United States, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and Germany. .labi.ufscar.br   Video: A New Time_ISEA_istambul_2011
  • Dr. prof. Adilson A. J. de Oliveira Ph.D  in a Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program at UFRGS (Brazil) and at the Université de Montréal (Canada). She has researched extensively the relationship between technicity and body in interactive media art. Her expertise lies in the study of art and technology, as well as contemporary philosophy with special emphasis on subjectivity. She is a member of the NESTA (Subjectivity, Technology and Art Work Group), Ways of Contemporary Subjectivation research group in Brazil and Sense Lab research-creation group in Canada. She has been published her researches in several academic journals and proceedings. Since 1992, her art practice is concerned with drawing and printing; she has participated in several collective exhibitions and one-person shows. Currently, her research–creation makes free use of electronic and digital technologies such as audio-visual projection. She also is professor in a Post-Graduate Program of Visual Arts and chair of ICT in Education in UFSM/Brazil.

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