Journal #1

To start things off, I hope you’re all familiar with TED. If you aren’t, go here and watch a few videos. Then watch this:

Golan Levin: Art that looks back at you

In this TED talk, we see digital art and software engineering coming together to create some exhibits that really punch right through the fourth wall. It’s a reminder that sometimes, art isn’t just for looking. And perhaps with digital art, the interaction between artist and viewer is made even more important.

Actually, he's just making funny shapes and giggling...

An interactive study in negative space

How has digital art / new media impacted society and culture in the United States?

You know it’s a good question when the answer isn’t so simple. In my opinion, the greatest impact digital art has had is the focus of Golan Levin’s TED talk–the way it intersects with what is believed to be outside the scope of art.

Art is now at the place where disciplines cross. Artists and software engineers can work together to create exhibits like a robot that looks at you inquisitively as you walk by. Gone are the days where an artist needs to know how to use a paintbrush or practice line control. These days, art can be written in Javascript and decorated in CSS styling, punctuated with HTML tags.

It’s a big step that digital art has allowed us to take. It’s also allowed us to reflect on the way we interact with technology, having become so involved. Digital art has the power to speak to us through the devices we interact with every day, and make us question the role of these devices–are they something we need to pull ourselves away from, or improve upon and grow closer to?

The scope of art is ever-widening. And it’s pretty darn cool.

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