The Connections Between Digital Art History and Contemporary Art
Contemporary artists are increasingly using digital media in their creative practice. The emergence of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990’s allowed artists and their audiences to connect globally, and sites like YouTube, Flickr and MySpace are enormous databases of digital content. There are a growing number of online archives that address the creative and academic aspects of digital art, including theory, criticism and history. While these recent developments are welcome, there still exists a vacuum of documentation and information about digital art since 1960. International organizations, such as Leonardo/ISAST, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, V2 and ZKM have provided venues and support for digital art for decades. The history of digital art dates back over forty years with the creative experimentation of artists at research centers. Seminal exhibitions, such as “Cybernetic Serendipity” at the ICA in London in 1968, drew early attention to the creative uses of technology. This presentation will trace the history of digital art as it relates to contemporary art through benchmark works and pioneer artists.
Keywords: Digital Art, Media Art, Contemporary Art, Art History
Chairman, MFA Computer Art