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Shoe-Field

Print
1989 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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)

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleShoe-Field (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Colour lithograph on paper, mounted on card
Brief description
Colour lithograph, from 'Shoe Field', an interactive art work, by Sonya Rapoport, 1989.
Physical description
Colour lithograph on paper, showing numbered photographs of 20 different types of shoes, worn by anonymous feet. Below the picture series the question is printed: "Which shoes would you like to interact with?" and Shoe Field by Sonya Rapoport.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.5cm
  • Width: 15cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Historical context
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)
Subject depicted
Summary
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)
Collection
Accession number
E.1012:5-2008

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Record createdJune 8, 2009
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