Friday, May 11, 2012

A Natural Place to Explore Digital Media Art

A conversation with Paddy Johnson of about Digital Art and the Woodstock Digital Media Festival

Vermont evokes many images. Wooded hills, small farms, family holidays and ski vacations are just a few. Now imagine Vermont as the place to see and discuss the latest in digital media art. The Woodstock Digital Media Festival, June 22 and 23 in Woodstock, Vermont, is doing just that, and influential artists, critics and curators are making the trip, even out of New York, to participate.

This summer, the Festival is building on the success of its 2011 inaugural event, which brought together more than 150 artists, entrepreneurs, academics and the public to explore the art, the apps and the ideas shaping new media and its influence on how we interact, work and play in a digitally connected world. The 2012 Festival includes an exhibit where new media artists will explore a “Micro” theme; panel discussions with nationally recognized artists, journalists, and entrepreneurs; and participatory digital “explorations” that take advantage of Woodstock’s intimate and beautiful setting.

A Saturday morning panel discussion will bring artists, curators and commentators together to discuss “Issues in Digital Media Art.”  Panelists include Barbara London, curator of the MOMA Visual Media Center and Paddy Johnson, founding editor of the New York-based art blog, Art Fag City. On Art Fag City, Johnson provides exposure to emerging contemporary art and under-known artists and engages in critical debate that helps to shape the art world, working from the basic belief that creative production of all forms is essential.

Johnson says that digital and new media art, like all art, can help us to learn something about the world and about ourselves that we don’t already know. She believes that digital media art is important, not just in the art world but for everyone. "Digital mediums surround us, and since artists are often responding to the world around them in some way, it makes sense that there are many more artists working with digital media. The work of the artist is to help provide a better understanding of our world in some way," Johnson says.

Digital art—using computers or digital technology as a central part of the creative or presentation process—has been called by many names since it began appearing around 1970. Digital art is now even placed under the larger umbrella of new media art, a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies from computer graphics and animation to Internet art and computer robotics, and with practices that include conceptual art, performance and installation pieces.

Continued in the next blog: Differences and similarities in digital media art...

Join leading digital media innovators from the arts, business, education, and non-profits and explore some of the most important and influential work being done in new media today at the 2012 Woodstock Digital Media Festival, June 22-23, in Woodstock, Vermont. 

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