“Towards Digital Art in Information Society”

Since the eighteenth century the West constructed the myth that an increase in scientific knowledge and the emancipation of humanity go hand in hand. In the twenty-first century—while we do not believe in this “enlightened” concept any more—the explosion of digital technology results in both positive and negative developments including new forms of creativity such as net art and electronic poetry. The application of digital technology and resources for the artist implies a questioning of structural relationships on which the art world has been based.

Digitality changes how we create, it changes the solitary artist into a collaborative nomad belonging to multidisciplinary, transnational groups, it changes the materials used, the concept of the unique work and its inherent rights, its exhibition, and the function of the general public.

Consequently, the roles of museums and art centers, gallery owners, curators, public and private institutions, media etc., also change.”

This fascinating essay, which can be downloaded from the link below, suggests that we are in a period of transition between cultural forms and that the emerging one, complete with its blurring of conventional boundaries, offers, perhaps even demands, new forms of  global collaboration.

Arbelo, Montse; and Franco, Joseba. “Towards Digital Art in Information Society.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.5 (2014): <http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.2501>

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