Research into interaction paradigms and the investigation of interfaces were a primary focus for ART+COM in the early years. At the time, our interests shifted from universal to content-specific interfaces. Early on we developed semantic interfaces that were intuitive to use and quasi-self explanatory.
The field is, far from being exhausted, just beginning to be explored. The installations River is..., Mobility and Anamorphic Mirror demonstrate the potential of computational reflectives for spatial communication and as an artistic medium. The exploration of this medium led to in-house developed software that can create individual reflective installations.
Motivated to leave the screen and communicate using the physical properties of objects and materials, we developed a series of computational kinetics. Each element of the kinetic sculptures and installations is bound into complex, collective motion that turns the composition into a real-space sense experience.
The development of sensitive surfaces was motivated by a search for alternatives to the screen and the promotion of joint content exploration. The capacity sensor technology used in the multi-touch tables, and later, in amorphous sensitive surfaces, is an in-house development that has been employed in many installations.