Art in the Digital Age
This seminar will explore the emergence of digital art in the latter half of the 20th century along with the exponential growth of technology-based artwork, which reveals a changing understanding of our place in the world. Key questions will frame our discussions, such as: how does the lens of the artist provide a mirror onto the extreme connectedness which now dominates our society? How do artists and museum professionals collect and conserve art which may have a limited life or an ephemeral nature? And how does our understanding of the museum as a building and an exhibition as a physical site change in light of the interactive technology employed by the contemporary museum including: app-led gallery tours; curate-your-own collection features; global museum websites; and interactive digital artwork. We will learn answers to these questions and more by visiting two major American public art museums and contemporary art galleries in New York and Philadelphia. In these curated spaces, you will view work in a variety of new media and listen to and speak with professionals in the field of contemporary art practice.