The Birth of Digital Art

 

Advances in technology led to major changes in the world. It has raised world living standards, increased efficiency and productivity, supported the growth of globalization, and many other advances. This class covers how art has also changed due to technological advances.

 

I have learned a lot about art history in classes- Renaissance art, Greek art, Roman art, etc. Recently, I’ve also deeply studied Modernism and its emergence in the 1960s. This class introduces me to a new, very relevant art style today: digital art.

 

I began doing research on how and when digital art emerged. The first major collaboration between arts and technology happened at a series of events in New York in 1966. An initiative called Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) paired artists with engineers from Bell Laboratories. These artists included Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Yvonne Rainer. By 1969 thousands of artists and engineers were collaborating by experimenting with things like video projection and wireless sound transmission. The birth of the World Wide Web in 1989 paved way for many more contemporary digital artists. Today, there are digital art galleries, displays, and it even has its own biennial.

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