New Art Forms?

// Posted by on 01/31/2012 (8:36 PM)

Technological advancements have changed how we define art. Perhaps most significantly, technology has transformed the world of photography. Upon its invention cameras were only used for taking portraits. The process was long and people did not enjoy having their photo taken—that’s why people are never smiling in old photos! Now taking pictures has become daily practice. Many people have simple point and shoot digital cameras that they can easily carry around with them. Even more common is that people will take high quality photos with their smart phones and upload them to facebook. Of course not before Instagramming! Instagram takes a regular photo that many people would not describe as art and give the photo a twist by playing with shading or coloring. Can we still call that photo art? Or is it different type of art? Media Art?

I stumbled upon this website, Media Art Net, that describes and provides examples of different forms of media art including, “Sound and Image”, “Mapping and Text”, “Cinematography” and even “Cyborgs”—a cross between humans and machines.

While the website is a bit challenging to navigate, I learned about new forms of art that came to be because of technology. For example, I have never heard of cyborgs, but they are a cross between humans and machines!



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Renee said...

I’m in a class right now about the history of photography and we talk a lot about how when photography was first invented it was not considered an art precisely because it was technological. Because of the mechanics of a camera, people viewed photography as the product of a machine, rather than as a work of art. “The Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations” was an event held in London in 1851 as an exhibition of the culture and industry of the modern age. Art was displayed on the culture side and there where exhibits of pottery, sculpture, paintings, etc. But photography was displayed as an industry. In was displayed in the machines category next to a display for a tractor.

Its a bit of a tangent, but I just thought this small piece of the history of photography was interesting when thinking about all of the new ways of making art using today’s technology.

// 01/31/2012 at 11:39 pm