Here are some of the key words, phrases and artists which jumped out to me from a lecture by Gavin Stewart PHD.
The medium is the message
The global village
Kranzberg first law of technology
Code is law
Concepts: All information should be free
You can create art and beauty on a computer
Prehistoric digital poetry
Nam june paik
Nancy Paterson - Stock market skirt
Kate Pullinger & Babel
I have researched into some of these artists and was paticularly taken with the work of Nancy Paterson and her Stock Market skirt. The visual pun and effective use of information and technology created a interesting and fun peice of work. Basically the height of the skirt gets raised or lowered depending on the current rates of certain stock in the world stock exchanges. She is quoted to have said that todays culture relies on three things: capitalism, technology and narcissism
Although this work is interesting to me, the thing I most took away from the talk was this link between art and technology. As Gavin explained: a paint brush was new technology at some point, computers and cameras are just newer forms of technology. I think for me I am nost aware of this because I work with increasingly intelligent camera systems and computers. This relationship for me is sometimes un easy as I find myself feeling removed from my medium. I started as a painter and even fell in love with the photographic image in the darkroom. Modern technology and equipment has forced me to get further removed from the physical contact with the materials and cause me to have a very clinical relationship.
Technology plays an important role in my practice, but as machines, autofocus', digital manipulation and systens get better I start to question who is really creating the image. Is it the artist or photographer or is it the machine? Previously I would have answered the question with of course it is the photographer, however, there are now moments where I feel less sure.