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31 Oct 2005

notes on new media

The mistake of artists is to consider New Media as a distinct art movement. New media art, text, so on, so forth are really extensions of experiments in the field of the visual arts, throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st. Artists have arrived at the conclusion that art is the ability to perceive something and communicate a point(s) of view about that something. The only alternative we have witnessed is the willingness of artists to engage the public through applying artistic methods from the past.

Therefore, it is reasonable to say that art is ideas and having the ability to communicate these ideas. This is what art has reduced its self to, and what its fundamental message to the public is. Therefore, to be an artist is to be a human being and all human beings are artists. However, this is not the end of the arts - the need to be human is ever present! It is the beginning of a rebuilding of the arts that recovers the initial meaning of art, to enquire into life and to report upon what one thinks about life. Where art goes from this "new canvass" remains to be seen.


  • At 10:47 pm , Blogger Sheila Murphy said...

    You've made several points that hit home, not the least of which is the component of humanity, and with that the potential for many different people to live and perceive artistically.

    Breathing itself asks a figurative canvas to be present. The sheer multiplicity of possibilities means we're never "there" and we're always "there."

    Segregation of artists by virtue of their elected or found media is ususally a shortcut headed toward (mis)labeling and therefore MISSING something integral.

    As you can see, I agree! :)

  • At 6:26 pm , Blogger crescent said...

    Hi Sheila

    Unfortunately a whole "art-movement" has been made out of "the arts", particularly text on computers, or more accurately, on the Internet. Call it New Media or Internet art or whatever.

    To me it's just a developing process, an ongoing artistic process that has recently embraced the (I)nternet (sic) and it's implications/possibilities.

    Thanks for responding :)
    Now to be creative :)


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