I would like to share with you a couple of quotes from Art History after Modernism by Hans Belting:
“The very loss of a binding definintion of art prevents us from holding a well-founded position on media art. The question is not whether the media arts are capapble of being art but whether artists are willing to create art with the new technologies.” (p. 4)
“Art is still bound to an artist who uses it for his or her personal expression, and to a viewer under this spell. That makes it the secret opponent of technology, whose raison d’être is functionality and whose information is geared not toward a spectator but toward a user. This is why technology has always been indifferent to every personal worldview as it had always been mirrored in art. Put in extreme terms, technology does not interpret the given world but invents a technological world in which all physical and spatial reality is suspended. It thus dramatizes the crisis of individualism that has emerged in modernism and since the exhaustion of bourgeois culture.” (p. 4-5)
I have been working on an essay for a few weeks now, and after reading this first chapter in Art History after Modernism by Hans Belting last night I feel like I am going in the right direction.
I feel really good about this.