What is Digital Art?

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The term 'digital art' is a difficult one not least because 'digital' has become commonplace - the underpinning of our current system of communication.


What you are reading here is 'digital' - the text is constructed and transmitted using digital services and processes.  Facebook and Twitter are 'digital' - your phone and tablet are 'digital', the card you use to pay in shops and online is 'digital', so where do we draw a line?


There are many artists who have declared that their practice is 'digital', or they produce digital work/items/installations.  Their explorations are  now being taken more seriously by galleries and curators.


In the wake of the growing debate and critical examination of digital art, the British Council commissioned a short video, to ask: What is Digital Art? And why should we pay attention to it?


"Digital art is a term and a practice that has been prevalent in the museums and contemporary art sectors since the 1960s. As technological advances mean that digital innovations are now pervading many more areas of our lives, the arts industry is starting to take the work of artists working in the digital realm increasingly seriously." 2


It is a fascinating look at some of the main activists in the field and provides an overview of what 'digital' art might be.







1, Conrad Bodman, curator and writer (from the What is Digital Art? video, British Council Feb 2015)

2, British Council YouTube channel








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