Comment on Digital Art Revolution

ElNitro Sun, Feb 22, 2009
In previous centuries it used to be only the rich and the noble who had the time and resources to devote themselves to art but that has changed dramatically with the advent of computers, design software and of course, affordable digital cameras.

I believe we are at one of the most exciting moments in human history, particularly regarding culture and the arts, not to mention science.
This is also the -true- Golden Age of Photography.

We are, in fact, the bridge between the past and the future of the arts.
What we do today will define how art will evolve in the near future.

We are experiencing a powerful and dramatic explosion in creativity and human expression, art is no longer restricted to economic status, it still is elitist in itself but this time the term "elite" is defined by a person's ability to percieve, assimilate and communicate the subtle by whatever means he/she may have at hand.

Now everyone with a computer, an internet connection, enough passion, drive and of course talent can learn on his/her own whatever they need to become an artist, graphic designer or whatever creative discipline you can think of. All that without the need of a "proper" or "traditional" college education, however hurtful that may be to those who have spent years and thousands of dollars at art schools.

My point: not everyone needs to follow a rigid study system, you no longer need a degree to make it in the "art/design world". What you do need is to become well-rounded in more than just one discipline. Just as it has become easier for everyone to get the tools and show their work to a large number of people, the competition has also gotten larger, way larger. This is another example of "survival of the fittest".

It's also up to us to encourage, guide and inspire the next generation of artists, I believe this is extremely important to avoid homogeneization and a runaway copycat syndrome.

This is one of my favourite quotes by current RISD President, John Maeda:

“Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously. The arts are the science of enjoying life.”
- John Maeda

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