(Questioning) Digital Art

Can Art be Created (Purely) Digitally?

In this Internet and Digital age, we increasingly witness many “purely digital” works and creations. Music has been composed & recorded using computers, with  simulated instruments that sound “indistinguishable from the real thing”. Similarly with visual arts, the term ‘digital art’ and ‘digital artist’ has appeared where artists create visual works (of art) using (“purely digital”) tools. Some have even gone as far as to ask, “Do we really need ‘analog’ art anymore?”

There is no doubt that the digital world has evolved and expanded to affect many aspects of our daily lives, including art — visually and musically. But can we say that an artwork without first-hand experience and skill is a “piece of art”?

What are the consequences of using computers & digital tools to create Art? What are we losing when we depend so much on computer-based methods? What are we gaining (in exchange)? What about mass-replication of digitalized works of Art? Are we at risk of losing “analog” Art?

Have your say below.

Wrap-up

Thanks everyone, for giving your opinions in this Your Thoughts discussion. It’s customary for us to do a periodic wrap-up on this topic, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to share your thoughts after this. So please continue to key in any piece of mind whenever you have one.

Of various responses given, one response is that the term “digital art” can be questioned, meaning that art is art no matter what kind of tools are used to create art—be the tool “digital” or “analog”. “Art is an expression of someone’s mind”, one participant states, “as long as that someone is honest to him/herself, then there is no problem.” Digital tools, from this perspective, are just one type of tool from among many.
But there is a difference still between digital and analog. There is the feel of non-digital tools in the hand of the artist, and that there is a ‘coldness’ when using digital tools. Feeling the texture of paper on your pencil, or the vibration of guitar strings as you strum a chord.

And so what would happen if all art have become ‘purely’ digital? When all art becomes so easily reproduced so as, hypothetically for example, all museums have the exact same contents? Also, what will happen when we all become so dependent—and so used to—digital tools, that the knowledge to use non-digital tools becomes lost? What are the consequences of us no longer being able to remember the basic skills and instincts that come from practicing with pre-digital tools?

In our own opinion, the way humans use technology must be proportional and with full consciousness of its advantages and drawbacks. We must remember that current technologies are always founded on top of previously established thoughts and experiences, sometimes even as a criticism of past practices. As we move forward we must not forget the past wisdom. We cannot become passive ‘consumers’ of ‘technology’, we need to know precisely their uses and use them proportionally.

That’s it for this wrap-up; as usual the comments are still open so feel free to respond if you feel you have more to add. Cheers!

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Dsnsnrgy
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Greetings, I agree with your wrap up statements. We should not become dependent on our tools to think or feel for us. The “analog” fundamental skills sets and reasoning should not disappear into software code and leave the knowledge base of society. Tools should remain tools they will always be evolving and changing. Your concept of using technology in context and with perspective is completely appropriate. The perceived “warm” and nuances of analog tools are what make them appealing to us. Digital technology just provides us more options. But as with any set of tools they can be used with… Read more »
Retno
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Does it exist a person who called as an artist can make art (purely) digitally? When a person make an artwork that is drawn manually then coloured digitally can it be labeled as a pure digital work? Is it true that this kind of works are less emotion? When an nowadays’s artists make their paintings on canvas with projector and manipulate their sketches first in photoshop, is it still an art paintings?

Which one is important: make a successful artwork (in order to enlighten their audiences), or make an artistic one?

Eflazoniti
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Does it exist a person who called as an artist can make art (purely) digitally? —>yes but in this world only a few Artist could break through the idea >When a person make an artwork that is drawn manually then colored digitally can it be labeled as a pure digital work?——>No its not but a lot of students in graphic major do that thing, and it’s common technic. > Is it true that this kind of works are less emotion? —> yes its less emotion than Da Vinci paintings. When nowadays’s artists make their paintings on canvas with projector and… Read more »
motulz
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DIGITAL, for me it’s just a tool. Just like another tools such as pencil, airbrush, then lights, laser, dot matrix, and also wacom or pen mouse. The other things, DIGITAL is also a media or medium, like canvas, paper, stone, sand, then screen projection, film, TV, and also printer / 3D printer. The important thing is not about tools or media, but WHO is “the man behind the gun” and WHOM is watch it, see it? or appreciate it? Is it still human? or a machine? (computer). For example, the computer programer developing some codes to create random algorithm pattern… Read more »
Bntg
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I don’t agree with how you define “art”. In your cases here (such as sound of nature, rusty metal,games, screensaver, automatic pattern maker,etc) i’ll agree if you call them “references of art”, but i don’t agree if you call them “art”. Rusty metal is a metal, nature is a nature, programmer is a programmer, and art is an art (so is artist is an artist). they all differ, so you can’t just treat them all as the same. I agree about your opinion of digital as a “tool”, but the problem is.. don’t we have a tendency to go blind?… Read more »
TriP
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Questions and statements above makes me wonder, what is really the definition of artist or musician?

i am not against digital (art)works or musicians exploring their music in digital way.. but to me, skill of an artist/musician is still important. i still believe that human give soul to their work and makes their (art)works alive, while digital (art)works doesn’t give the same emotion.

Kim Jung Nam
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I do believe that using traditional materials/instruments in making art have more strongest than software, and I do not understand to term of digital art then digital artist. Do we comprehend to those terms?

Tesla
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Actually, I don’t really care about the digital and analog art, or whatever the tools for making it.

For me, art is an expression of someone’s mind, as long as that someone is honest (to him/herself), then there is no problem.

Bonggusaaah
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@ Tesla i agree with you, but i think it is not enough explained. Many creative people in this world have lack of education (including me) & it seems to be alright to stand up. Social media has gave many impacts for deploy artist/musician works to public, sometime freedom of expression, it leads us to the wrong way, which we don’t understand about the terms or standard of it’s various sector yet we already admit ourself as the establish person.

Bonggusaaah
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if every art works become digital how to gain the high value of arts? i think whether all museums/art galleries have same collections or art become a mass product. other sample, if every musicians took digital as an instruments,is it enacted to perform in area which has no electricity? these is one of my unanswered questions, maybe as a young generations we must delve about this issue deeper. The forebear have inherited many prominent works that intertwine alongside with science an religion, because their inventions we could feel the benefited nowadays. i may say we (young generation) are facing decrease… Read more »
David Hopkinson
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It is the Turing Question: What is the question that will allow you to distinguish human from non-human? Of course, we must assume that at least one of those questioned can tell a lie.
Perhaps it is ourselves that we fear losing. At the point where we can no longer distinguish, what is left of us which will identify our humanity? Or what if the androids become more “human”? Give me a minute, while I ask Siri.

TriP
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did Siri answer your question?

Positivity!
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I agree with Hector that an artist should not be limited by the tools one uses.

But I sometimes become disheartened when I create a meme, and post it on Path or Tumblr, and then my fellow “artist” friends say that what I’ve created is not art, that it is “dry”, or “cold”, or has no artistic value whatsoever.

I create memes from my heart, man. But whatever, i don’t care whatever people say or think about my art.

TriP
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is meme a form of art? sorry, but i don’t think so..

Positivity!
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Ferdi Zebua
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@Positivity!: Dude, don’t go! Come back, we still want to talk 😛

@Positivity! & @TriP: this thread has raised an interesting question though: What is Art? How do we define art, today, particularly in the context of digital tools, memes, and other things caused by the Personal Computer technology and related machines/gadgets..?

TriP
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@Positivity! please explain before you go, other than it comes from your heart, how can you define your meme as work of art? If we can call anything that comes from the heart as a work of “art”, then can we say that a child’s drawing is an art? then we have zillions of artist in this world, ranging from age 0-5

Hector Nunez
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Digital artist? that term shocks me! digital is a tool and equal to other tools, so I never heard an artist relates to tools, such as pencil or water color artist. Artists and/or musicians actually they are familiar to any tools in their artistic activity, so computer just helping them for making artistic not aesthetics

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