Learning from the crackle exhibition

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This paper describes the Crackle exhibition, an interactive exhibition presented at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1975. We propose that it can be seen as a foreshadowing of aspects of the current state of the art of TEI avant la lettre; and that there might not only be value in examining historical work to construct a longer historical framework for TEI, but that the methods used in the construction of this exhibition might be useful in constructing new visions that foreshadow into the future from our current technological position. We present a detailed description of the exhibition based on documentation and interviews with the people who built it, and suggest that the current state of disappearing computers and embedded computational ability in everyday devices form an opportunity to imagine novel interaction paradigms that may transcend the digital in a similar way as the Crackle exhibition in 1975 transcended the electrical.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI '17 Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346764
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4676-4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event11th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2017) - Keio University, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 20 Mar 201723 Mar 2017
Conference number: 11


Conference11th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2017)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2017
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  • Exhibitions
  • Ideation
  • Magic
  • Performance
  • Tangible Interaction


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