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This issue proposes a reflection on two distinct yet overlapping phenomena: interactivity – which refers primarily to the relation between the individual and the machine, particularly in technological artworks requiring the spectator’s participation – and interaction, which instead calls to mind a relationship between individuals, specifically between the artist and members of the public, and is made evident in multimedia and video works, web art, and participative works.

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Family

As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.

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