Art and the nternet
Anyone in the general public who wishes to better understand how the Internet has affected the visual arts.
The Internet has radically changed the way we communicate, the way we learn and relate to each other. It has been an important cultural revolution that has modified many areas in our daily life. It has become an indispensable tool in the work of many people, because it offers services we were unaware could even exist. It has changed our way of understanding and relating to the world around us.
It has also had a huge influence on the arts because it makes it possible to present and to distribute many works that were not known before. Moreover, it gives many more people the opportunity to share their ideas. This medium allows art to detach itself from power circles (curators, collectors, gallery owners, critics) that have dictated trends, languages, and artists who are exhibited.
The www transforms the way museums and galleries work, and therefore the work of curators and art critics. Professional and amateur artists now have more possibilities of presenting their work to a much wider public than ever before. The scope of what is understood as art is expanded, forbidden languages are validated, and communication prevails over the market.
From the beginning, art has been regulated by institutions or individuals that supported the work of certain artists, thus generating the aesthetic of an era. As Alasdair Foster comments in Editorial #87:
Meanwhile, the means of dispersion of digital entities has expanded radically. The two-way flow of Web 2.0 has opened up the possibility of reaching a wide audience at little cost without the need to accommodate the taste of a mass market or corporate and institutional hierarchy. The result is a plethora of small niche groups, unconstrained by physical geography, that actively participate in both the production and consumption of new forms of art.
This roundtable’s goal is to analyze the changes that art has undergone due to the Internet. How does the public experience knowing the work through the web? How has it affected artists in general and what can we predict will happen in a few years in the field of arts distributed through this medium?
For more information on the subject, see Editorial #84, October 2007.
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