on Navigation and Interactivity

Multimedia can be seen to include a range of media such as text, image, video, film, light, kinetics or almost anything you can imagine, where two or more of these media are used together to produce the final work. In practice, due to the manner in which multimedia, as both an artform and an industry, has developed, multimedia should be seen to refer to specifically digital media; where the content of a work in the digital domain has source material deriving from more than one of the media mentioned above and features a non-linear (navigable) or interactive address to the reader.

As the discourse and creative practice around multimedia atrophies (is this a sign of a maturing medium?) that which multimedia refers to also becomes more structured (fixed?) and thus easier to identify. Common multimedia formats include (but are not limited to):

the World Wide Web
computer games
interactive installations