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Engage with Eddie Botha: Once Upon A Time - Interaction 01




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“My dad was a hobbyist artist, and my mother a psychologist. My mother encouraged me greatly to draw when I was young from the age of 3 years old. I was interested in art for as long as I can remember although there were times when I was more and less active in art during my life. I never formally studied art at university but always did art and researched and was friends with lots of artists.” – Eddie Botha


An important part of artistic creation is the development of the understanding of the forms and materials used, which is called "A Language and A Logic" (Doran, 2001: 17). The language developed by the artist is form, the language of form: shape, colour, texture, etc. However, sometimes it is helpful to use a language to help people think and discuss art. For example, although the key issues regarding the understanding of colour are embodied in art that explores colour, it is also good to be able to name hue, saturation, and intensity. This helps to think about the colour that provides the background for the colour used.


The practice discussed is related to the development and exploration of interaction in an artistic context. It is related to the form, language and logic of interaction. The framework in question is a set of words that can help the development of interactive art, just as words like hue and saturation help colour painting. Therefore, these frameworks help to structure the ideas of interactive art, and then the practice of interactive art. Therefore, it is not surprising that they have been developing.



Reference: Art, Interaction and Engagement; Ernest A. Edmonds; De Montfort University; Conference Paper · August 2011; DOI: 10.1109/IV.2011.73 · Source: IEEE Xplore

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Courtesy of the artist – Eddie Botha


1st artwork – Free Free Free Free Free day, 2015; Markers on mixed media board with resin coating; 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. (60 x 60 cm.)


2nd artwork - I ate my neighbour, 2016; markers on mixed media canvas; 29 1/2 x 23 5/8 in. (75 x 60 cm.)


3rd artwork - Friendly animals, 2018; Indian Ink on paper; 29 15/16 x 22 1/16 in. (76 x 56 cm.)

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