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How technology is changing art

This is an interesting commentary the BBC published yesterday about how modern technologies are rapidly affecting and influencing how we experience music, dance, and art. We can download songs onto our ipods at will. More of us watch T.V. and films on our laptops than on our actual televisions.

And not just experiencing the art, but also creating it. Video games are becoming formats to showcase impressive illustration/animation artwork. DJs are creating entirely electronic (and actually enjoyable) songs.

Technology commentator Bill Thompson worries that the personalized/socialized experience of art will alienate and ruin venues such as art galleries and cinemas, putting them out of business and losing the immersive experience of being surrounded by art.

Thompson concludes by saying,

“In the new digital world I suspect that artforms, artists and cultural organisations will succeed by occupying the liminal space between offline and online, building a compelling presence in both that allows something unexpected to emerge where they meet and blur together.”

What do you think? Are we nearing the final curtain call of a way of experiencing art? Do you believe that modern technology provides a better venue for some forms of art?



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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  1. I’m a musician (but also technology enthusiast) and I find that, at least with music, people are as willing as ever to go see a live performance. I don’t imagine that museums and galleries would be any different. No matter how connected we are, humans always long for good ol’ face-to-face interaction. Maybe technology is just a new way to distribute, search and organize the way people experience art.

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