I am guessing you've all probably read Claire Bishop's fascinating
essay in Art Forum, the "Digital Divide"?
"So why do I have a sense that the appearance and content of
contemporary art have been curiously unresponsive to the total
upheaval in our labor and leisure inaugurated by the digital
revolution? While many artists use digital technology, how many
really confront the question of what it means to think, see, and
filter affect through the digital? How many thematize this, or
reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the
digitization of our existence? I find it strange that I can count on
one hand the works of art that do seem to undertake this task
There is, of course, an entire sphere of "new media" art, but this is
a specialized field of its own: It rarely overlaps with the
mainstream art world (commercial galleries, the Turner Prize,
national pavilions at Venice). While this split is itself undoubtedly
symptomatic, the mainstream art world and its response to the digital
are the focus of this essay."
I'd be interested in your eruditions on this.
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