Art in cyberspace

by Agnieszka Miziołek

Nowadays it is becoming more and more popular to present art with the use of the Internet and other digital devices. Since the Internet is such a powerful and widespread medium it seems almost unavoidable for art and culture to have no connections with it. But this situation has both some advantages and disadvantages. It poses also some vital questions and problems.
Let us first take a closer look at the ways in which cyberspace can be beneficial to art. First of all, it makes art available for a bigger number of recipients. Almost everyone on the world has currently an access to the Internet- via personal computers, mobile phones or PDAs- at home, at work or in many public institutions like schools, universities or libraries. What is more, the abundance of electronic devices one may use to present their works of art is also very helpful in popularizing and promoting it. It can be especially useful for young artists as it helps them to make their work known for wider audience and to become famous or at least recognizable artists. Furthermore, it also makes art more popular among young people. It seems to be common knowledge that many youngsters are not very interested in high culture and art, but, since they are the main users of the Internet and other new technologies, art, especially the digital one, becomes more attractive to them. In addition to this, new technologies and the whole cyberspace also give one wider possibilities to create and make up completely new forms of art.
On the other hand, there are also some difficulties connected with art in cyberspace. One of them is the problem of displaying the digital art. Although it is easier thanks to the Internet and other devices, it is more difficult to be done in a normal type of museum as it can be then not available to more than a few recipients at the same moment. Besides, it could be also harder due to the difficulties connected with operating the appliances. In addition to this, presenting it in the Internet poses the problem of gaining money for your work of art. Last but not least, some people watching digital art ask also the question what we should call the true art- is a graphic illustration or a picture true art or just an expression of someone’s talent in IT? But the question about the nature of art is quite antediluvian since traditional (not only digital ones) works of art also raise many controversies.
Taking everything into consideration, art in cyberspace can be a quite controversial issue. But this is usually the destiny of many new things on the world. As far as I am concerned, I think that it brings and will be bringing many positive things, and the majority of problems could be combat with time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQrnhWXmPwA – an example of digital art in cyberspace

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One Response to Art in cyberspace

  1. Nienke says:

    I think you’re right about the advantages and disadvantages of the digital spread of art. Also, I think there are a few more disadvantages than you mention. Another problem that raises from this new form of art, is that it’s almost impossible to make a canon, or hierachy in digital art. Nowaday musea have that task, and they decide which pieces of art, or artist, the think are important or interesting enough to exhibit. Online there is no such thing, every form of art is exhibited in the same ‘museum’: the internet. In this way it is for unknown artist easy to show their art trough an open medium, but it is also hard to reach a import place, bacause there is not really such a thing. A solution would be to use the number of views, online ratings or references and links from other websites as a way to evaluate the position of the art in the digital world.

    Nienke
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