Screens as Gestures in Interactive Art Assemblage


  • Charu Maithani



assemblage theory, screens, gestures, interactive art, capacity


The interaction in the contemporary media art installations can be viewed as a process of transformation as the parts of the installation engage and respond to each other. This paper considers interactive media art as assemblages and argues screens to be gestures of this assemblage. The screens activate and rearrange the relations between the elements of the assemblage by providing multiple connections between them. By examining two artworks, Breath (1991/92) by Ulrike Gabriel and Shadow 3 (2007) by Shilpa Gupta, the paper extrapolates the aesthetic experiences gestured by the screens.


Article received: April 25, 2018; Article accepted: May 10, 2018; Published online: October 15, 2018; Preliminary report – Short Communications

How to cite this article: Maithani, Charu. "Screens as Gestures in Interactive Art Assemblage." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 17 (2018): 147−155. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i17.278


Author Biography

Charu Maithani

Charu Maithani
Faculty of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Charu Maithani (1985) is a researcher who organizes her inquiries in form of writings and curated projects. Her research interests are at the cusp of art, technology and media studies. She completed her MA in Aural and Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College in 2010 and is currently undertaking her PhD from UNSW, Sydney.


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How to Cite

Maithani, C. (2018). Screens as Gestures in Interactive Art Assemblage. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (17), 147−155.



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