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Covers (overlying objects) - Shoe-Field

Shoe-Field

  • Object:

    Covers (overlying objects)

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rapoport, Sonya, born 1923 (artist)
    O'Connell, John (software engineer)
    Watkins, John (software engineer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photography and print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:

    E.1012:1-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sonya Rapoport (b. 1923) is a conceptual artist working in the area of the digital & New Media. With her work she explores the fields of interaction, participatory and web-based art.

Shoe-Field is an interactive artwork. It measures people's feelings about their shoes. By answering the shoe questions on the diskette you will get from the printer one of five plot patterns. The pattern you receive represents your shoe-psyche charge. This charge is a measure of how different your feelings are about your shoes from those of the average person who has taken part in previous SHOE-FIELDS. Your charge pattern is an example on a non-interactive plot. However, you are invited to create an interactive plot by selecting a pair of shoes that you would like to interact with from the enclosed shoe chart. By typing in the number indicated on your shoe selection you will receive a printout on an interactive plot. It resembles two footprints and can be considered a podiatric Rorschach plot. Note the change in your first shoe-psyche pattern! It's because of the influence of your "sole-mate" choice. The computer can now give you a shoe-psyche reading. If you'd like to take this step just type "y" for "yes".
(these are instructions being part of the artwork (pack) - Mus.No.: E.1012:4-2008)

Physical description

This cover is part of a whole pack related to the artwork. It would hold the floppy disc with cover and a print-out of her interactive artwork (Mus.No: E.1012:2-2008).
On the top front side of the cover is printed:- "Shoe-Field by Sonya Rapoport" in capital letters. The cover is printed with 28 square black and white photographs laid out symmetrically like in a matrix and depicting different feet with different shoes on. Around and between the little photographs is printed numerical data / patterns from a plot drawing. The photographs all measure cm 2.7x2.7 each.

Place of Origin

USA (made)

Date

1989 (made)

Artist/maker

Rapoport, Sonya, born 1923 (artist)
O'Connell, John (software engineer)
Watkins, John (software engineer)

Materials and Techniques

Photography and print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'SHOE-FIELD / by SONYA RAPOPORT'
Printed on top of cover.

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Length: 21.8 cm

Historical context note

Shoe-Field is an interactive artwork. It measures people's feelings about their shoes. By answering the shoe questions on the diskette you will get from the printer one of five plot patterns. The pattern you receive represents your shoe-psyche charge. This charge is a measure of how different your feelings are about your shoes from those of the average person who has taken part in previous SHOE-FIELDS. Your charge pattern is an example on a non-interactive plot. However, you are invited to create an interactive plot by selecting a pair of shoes that you would like to interact with from the enclosed shoe chart. By typing in the number indicated on your shoe selection you will receive a printout on an interactive plot. It resembles two footprints and can be considered a podiatric Rorschach plot. Note the change in your first shoe-psyche pattern! It's because of the influence of your "sole-mate" choice. The computer can now give you a shoe-psyche reading. If you'd like to take this step just type "y" for "yes".
(these are instructions coming with the whole artwork (pack) - Mus.No.: E.1012:4-2008)

Descriptive line

Cover / paper sleeve for a floppy disk with photocopied black and white images, from 'Shoe Field', an interactive art work, by Sonya Rapoport, 1989.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printing; Photography

Subjects depicted

Feet; Shoes

Categories

Photographs; Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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