Wednesday, September 27, 2006

What's Art in the New Tech World?

Yesterday I got into a discussion with a few friends regarding what constitutes art in the new technological world. Where does theater, performance, painting etc. fit in?

Is online video on YouTube and Google Video art? Are the pictures and images on Flickr art? Are blogs as a way of expressing ourselves art? And is playing a character (an avatar) in a virtual world like SecondLife art?

I think it is. This is the medium of choice for the our generation. When people express themselves through these Emerging Media venues, I think it can be considered as art. It might not appeal to everyone's sensibilities but it's an expression never-the-less.

So let's stop debating whether it's art or not, but just accept it for what it is; individuals expressing their creativity using a new medium.

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