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THOUGHTS: Artforms Evolve With Technology

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JimDaniel

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The development of artforms has always coincided with technology. Keep in mind this is not to say that art has "improved" over time, but that its form and subject matter has evolved and been informed by the technology.

For example, the novel would not have been possible as an artform without the printing press. Photography and cinema as an artform would not have been possible without the camera and movie camera. Likewise, interactive art will be the artform which will arise out of the digital age, from computers. It's coming has been foreseen by artists for many decades now - mainly seen in attempts to graft its unique qualities clumsily onto other forms: interactive theatre, installation art, interactive paintings, hypertext literature...etc. I believe these types of work are all approximations, prophetic visions of what is to come.

Every medium of art has its own unique quality, something it does better than any other art form. Drama is best at exploring interpersonal relationships among people. The novel is best at exploring the mind and consciousness of a person. Cinema is best at exploring actions and the passage of time.

Likewise interactive art has its own unique quality, something it explores better than any other artform - that is choice.
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Likewise interactive art has its own unique quality, something it explores better than any other artform - that is choice.


That sums it all up perfectly and is something I want to be a part of :)

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