ABOUT DIGITAL ART
Drawing a parallel with digital evolution in our society, Digital Art is a form of art increasingly fundamental in the Contemporary Art Landscape
Both in the visual arts as in other art disciplines. Artists, currently graduating from art schools, often opt for new media to give shape to their thoughts.
Digital art exploits the digital, often current, tools that are available in the social environment, ridicules it, and shows a different side of our history.
While much of humanity gloats about new gadgets, apps and games, digital art shows us the consequences of digitization on aspects of social life. It is often about an uncertain society that affects us with more and more strait-jacket of systems. A rat race, in which we can eat or be eaten. We have to participate: who still parks without app to be registered in? And who still moves anonymously through the increasingly army of shopping streets? But a relief is to be able to communicate in a period of lockdown.
Digital art makes us stop for a moment in that maelstrom of ‘progress’. Digital art confronts us with compelling digitization, constant changes in our global environment and our adaptability to this. Digital art also teaches us how we can relate to this.
The world of digital art is often a research platform and an art lab, where artists and scientists work together. Artists often dive into their unknown world. In the digital art circuit, thinking along and letting go new solutions about world problems is one of the goals.
DDAMA does not yet pronounce on definitions about “what Digital Art is”.
image credit – app going to a nursing home
Art historians search for an irrefutable definition to draw up a so called “Cannon for digital art”, a sensitive issue.
About this issue, no consensus has yet been reached: with this DDAMA cannot do anything. What DDAMA wants is for developments to be accessible to its visitors and followers.
DDAMA develops a museum for digital art, without focusing on interpretations to record about this term. This is because there is no consensus on the definition of what digital art is.
In DDAMA’s view, the attractive thing about digital art is that this form of art represents the ultimate democratization of art. That work of professionals and laymen can mix and redraw that definition: the question “what is art” is again turned upside down in digital art. Every generation of artists achieves existing definitions about what art is, then go to find new definitions. That is an interesting process to which DDAMA would like to introduce its visitors and followers.
That is not to say that DDAMA does not develop criteria about what it wants in-house, when it comes to digital art.
What are the art-related criteria of the choices that DDAMA makes about art? These include:
- Everything painted with a brush, is not always interesting art, everything that is made with a computer is not digital art in the sense that it is interesting for DDAMA. It is the job of DDAMA to be in the offer of digital art the art-historical content and interesting make choices.
- Interesting for DDAMA may be the artworks in which a particular digital development is the subject of art.
- Digitally made photos, video or films are only then interesting for DDAMA if it has been manipulated in a unique way.
- The use of an interesting digital technique does not have to be interesting digital artwork. Digital art must be visually interesting yield images. Of course, that also applies to digital art by other disciplines other than visual arts. Fashion, music, design must also have visual qualities.
- Digital art can be very attractive, can have interactive qualities. However, it should not be primarily entertainment. In a museum playful elements are allowed and included in an exhibition route. Digital art must have a substantive layer.
- Many museums have switched to telling the story in recent years in the form of an expertise. Digital Art is ideally suited for this, as well as displaying digital art digitally, on the artists’ pages of the site
- The principle of “sharing” is sympathetic in digital art. Digital art can be unique in this to be.