Digital Artists, Anxious About … Technology

An article in my inbox from the Sunday NY Times, 

Digital art at Sotheby’s? The auction house is better known for selling canvases by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat for $100 million-plus than for showing what many collectors still regard as ephemera.

Yet the Sotheby’s S2 gallery in New York, normally used for exhibitions of contemporary art, is currently the site of a show featuring mostly young artists who rely on digital technology and who are not exactly household names. Surprisingly, most of the works on view take physical form. More significant, they also betray a broad generational anxiety about the technological future and the role of humans in it.

The catalyst for the show was a curious-looking sculpture tucked away in the Art + Technology Lab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A sleek, black plinth with a black screen in front and a record player perched incongruously on top, it was designed as a prototype for a 21st-century memorial. When David Goodman, the Sotheby’s executive in charge of marketing and digital development, saw it a couple of months ago, its screen was displaying the social media posts of a 25-year-old Miami bicycle enthusiast who had been killed in a roadside hit-and-run. A vinyl record played synthesized chimes, their tone determined by a computer analysis of the emotions those posts expressed — a major key if they were positive ones, a minor key if negative.

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3 thoughts on “Digital Artists, Anxious About … Technology”

  1. CutZy, this is a great article on Digital Artists and the Tech Modern Fine Art movement. Thank you for posting this and sharing your passion for advancing the TMFA cause. I’m looking forward to reading more articles and joining the discussion.

    1. Thank you, Phil! I truly appreciate your comment about our vision for Tech Modern Fine Art. We’ll be seeing a lot more about the digital realm here, as it’s being reported on in the media.

  2. Interestingly, the images shown and the article itself focus very little on two-dimensional digital painting. With most of the work online 2-dim., I wonder why more painterly artists are not being represented in the current art world. This seems like an opportunity to make it happen in a big way. We need to have more people on this site. If everyone started inviting others they believed were serious artists working digitally, we would likely gain ground in expansion of our movement. This definitely makes me pause and think about, as mentioned, the “opening” this gives us to go forward with our artistic vision, of a world in which digital art is recognize in fine art circles, including in the news and art media, publishing, galleries and museums, not to mention social media across the board.

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