Object Artifacts, Image Artifacts and Conceptual Artifacts: Beyond the Object Into the Event

Owen F. Smith

Abstract


When asked to respond to the question “what is an artifact?” I initially had several divergent responses. Because of my varied background and current position, I responded to thisquestion in three related but different ways: as an anthropologist (the area of my initial graduate training), as an art historian (the area of my Ph.D.), and as a professor of new media (my current position).

Keywords


Art; Anthropology; Cognitive Science; Creativity; Fluxus; HCI; Language; Mediation; New media; Perfomance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17493460600610707