What did I learn this week?
I’ve seen episode two of “do not track” and the theme was cookies. Watching the documentary is a revelation and its very interesting. In the series, the viewer can engage by typing websites in a search bar, for example, a typical website one are browsing everyday. I typed the online newspaper VG.no as I visit daily and got told that it appears eight traces in this one search. This was actually a little scary. I started thinking, and those who track me almost know more about me than I do myself. Haha. Whatever I do on the internet, everything gets tracked and all the advertisements I’m exposed to are specifically targeted to me based on my interests, past searches and the information they have about me. In terms of cookies, I actually never get a choice about selecting “no”, its always only one option and its “ok” or “yes I understand.” I also learned that there is something called zombie cookies, which is a recreation of a cookie after you delete information. Zoombie cookies are recreated from backups stored inside the web browsers dedicated cookie storage. This makes them very difficult to remove. But as they mentioned in the series, this may be the result of the Internet takes no payment. What do you think? I’m beginning to wonder if I would pay a monthly sum to avoid all this tracking and that everyone has information about me. And I think I actually would.
Well, over to something else. I have been to lectures this week as well, and this week’s theme was digital art and digital art history as scope for production/consumption. I haven’t really reflected over this topic before this week. How art history has evolved into digitization and what changes it has caused. During the lecture, I was both fascinated and a little scared of some of the art that was shown. Also, I was drawn to how the relationship with an original and a copy has evolved. After the lecture I asked myself, what is digital art really? Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.
My thoughts about digital art and digital art history
A digital artist in today’s society has countless possibilities compared to traditional artists. They can spread their artwork on the Internet and be discovered by the right people, but at the same time anyone can save the art to their computer and so on and misuse it. Traditional art, such as a painting, I experience as more exclusive in the days when it was less accessible. Then they were found only in museums, public rooms or in peoples the living room etc, but now everyone can get copies and watch it online. With collages, people can mess with the art and make collages to offend the artist. Things like this may be expected when everything is digital. But, it can also be used by artists to show off many of their works in one piece of art. I think there are both pros and cons in terms of art’s development and technology.
Digital technology and digital media have influenced art such as painting, sculpture and photography, as well as new digital art forms such as software art, web art and virtual reality. One thing that is different to the digital art compared with the traditional is that audio and interactivity are often part of the art. This is exciting for the consumer. For example, if I watch digital art with sound and the opportunity to interact with the artist, I get a sense of closeness and to have a voice about the art. Digital technology has changed the way one can produce and experience art. The digital Age has revolutionized economy, society and our private lives. Art history is at the brink of new ways of accessing its material and gaining unprecedented insights. What I think is interesting when I think of the digital age is the possibility that occurs when the art is made digitally.
I want to highlight one artist who caught my interest in the subject of digital art. This artist is Patricia Piccinini with here Synthetic realism. This art is fantasy, but also not fantasy because it is so real! I thought this art was really fascinating; it immediately caught my interest in the lecture. The art is kind of funny, creepy, grotesque, nice, deep and loving. It can express many emotions.
Art: Patricia Piccinini
This is one example I have chosen from her art. I think this piece of art is kind of cute, but also a little bit grotesque because of the fascinating experience of reality.
Have a great week!