Artists' Blogs: International Discourse and Diaries from a Virtual Arts Community
The use of blog sites by artists, individually or as a community, provides a diaristic insight into contemporary concerns and issues within a specific art audience. Artist blogs are global in their interactions and make for a virtual diaspora of a contemporary media savvy generation of artists. By first exploring artist blogsites from Melbourne, Australia, the presentation examines links with a wider international arts community. This presentation will examine the political, personal and artistic concerns of artist communicating in a medium which is unfettered by formal academic strictures, is continually evolving, personal and revealing. The open diary format of a contemporary artists blog sites can reveal much about a generation of artists for whom the desire to communicate with a virtual audience of like-minded friends and strangers may be a compulsive symptom associated with the use of new media. Visually diverse and compelling statements of intent from various art blogsites will be presented to illustrate this busy but often overlooked artist medium.
Keywords: Virtual Global Arts Communities, New Media, Art and Politics, Constructing Art Worlds
Dr Phil Edwards
Lecturer in School of Art, Painting, RMIT University