Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age by Margot Lovejoy

By Margot Lovejoy

Digital Currents explores the starting to be impression of electronic applied sciences on aesthetic event and examines the key adjustments happening within the position of the artist as social communicator.

Margot Lovejoy recounts the early histories of digital media for paintings making - video, machine, the net - during this richly illustrated booklet. She offers a context for the works of significant artists in every one media, describes their initiatives, and discusses the problems and theoretical implications of every to create a beginning for knowing this constructing box.

Digital Currents fills a tremendous hole in our realizing of the connection among artwork and know-how, and the interesting new cultural stipulations we're experiencing. will probably be excellent interpreting for college students taking classes in electronic artwork, and likewise for somebody looking to comprehend those new artistic forms.

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A mood of panic developed. Faced with the inevitability of change, nineteenth-century art workers began to embrace the medium of photography for their everyday livelihood, similar to the massive changes faced by today’s contemporary designers and graphic artists who have switched from photographic to computer skills to avoid technological unemployment. Scientific discoveries and camera vision influence development of a new aesthetic The new photographic technologies spawned scientific research into many areas of interest to artists, such as color theory and the nature of light and vision.

Confidence in technology and cultural acceptance of this form of research into technological visualization in confirming and extending sight through microscopic closeups, reflections, and distant enhanced views was understood as the way to new and potent forms of knowledge. Such commitment became the basis for a more visually oriented culture based in objective, material reality. Dutch paintings of this period focus on a world seen, a straightforward rendering of everyday life, based on observation, sometimes with the aid of the camera obscura lens, with all the spatial complexity and social detail of real interior views.

This was part of their working manifesto that they should deal solely with the truth and actuality of natural light and of everyday life as the only acceptable basis of their practice as painters. This tendency bred a modernist formality and distance which led to abstraction rather than figuration and can be thought of as the final stage of realism and the rise of a modern aesthetic based on observation which, paradoxically, rejected technology. Picasso commented on this shift of focus to his friend the photographer Brassaï: “Photography has arrived at a point where it is capable of liberating painting from all literature, from the anecdote, and even from the subject.

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