DIGITAL ART AS A NEW RESOURCE OF INSPIRATION
The so-called digital art has been developing since 1970s in all countries of the world. At different stages, it was also called "computer art" or "multimedia art". Now, it is the New Media Art, and it still provokes controversies – whether or not the technification will oust real art? Speakers of the "Digital Art. New Means of Expression" discussion shared their vision.
Dmitriy Galkin, Professor at the Tomsk State University, believes that the technology art has more potential than many of us might think: "Artists who dare to use technologies in their art do it not only to follow the new trend, but also to further the elaborated modernist logic. It was them who created modern computer visual culture on the screens. This is a colossal resource for digital technology development".
Mikhail Levin, curator of the Modern Art course at the British Higher School of Art & Design, has a different point of view. According to him, fascination with new technologies is dangerous since it will lead to total diving into the technology process itself, which may in a way limit the depth of artistic expression.
British artist David Quayola cast doubt on the need to separate digital art into an independent direction: "Digital art is a modern society's aspect. Just like payment with a plastic card. The thing we call digital art can sometimes be just an interesting digital bubble, which does not exist in real life."
According to Denis Semyonov, founder of SaintDenis, technology innovations give rise to new true artists and enhance the role of content in artworks. He names the augmented reality technologies, such as VR-art and XR-art, as new means of expression. New genres and art forms keep emerging: for instance, experience – a digital file is uploaded into VR headset and a person is watching it like from the inside.