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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Five Digital Arts Festivals Worth a Look in 2015

Forget Glastonbury. Forget Coachella. Forget Burning Man. Here are five digital arts festivals to look out for in 2015.

Resonate Festival
When: 13 - 18 April
Where: Belgrade

When: 27 April - 3 May
Where: Frankfurt, Germany

When: 25 – 28 February
Where: Manchester

When: 4 - 7 March
Where: Barcelona

When: 20 - 29 March 2015
Where: Eindhoven, Netherlands

More details at: www.thespace.org

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The Top 10 Digital Artworks of 2014

Some of the most significant artists, groups and spaces working with digital media, selected by Paddy Johnson at artnet.com.

They include: Lorna Mills, Ryan McNamara, Art Post-Internet, Nicolas Sassoon, Mike and Claire Characters, Rhizome Telethon, Pratt Upload, Hhhoneyyy, Seedfeeder and Steven Soderbergh.

More details at artnet.com

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Issuu - provide full-colour animated books and catalogues online, completely free of charge.

We love this service but were not quite sure where to place it. Perhaps it should have been in the Portfolio section as you can use it to promote your work online (a little like a print-shaped portfolio or website) and allow people to download it.  But it is also a pseudo book or catalogue so we placed it in Publishing.

Remarkably simple, you lay out your book using any design or desktop publishing system, convert the finished project to a pdf file (now almost universal as a digital format) and then upload it to Issuu. The result is a fully animated, ‘book’, ‘magazine’ or ‘catalogue’ which visitors to the site can ‘flip’ through by clicking to turn the pages.  

The book 'feel' is remarkable and apart from Issuu giving you a free account and placing your publication on a personal ‘book shelf’, they also give you a web link to send to people so they can visit your page directly. You can also embed the publication into your website or blog with all the animation effects. Visitors to this version can click to enlarge and view the publication ‘full screen’. 

The service is free but branded with the Issuu logo and served by links to other ‘relevant’ Issuu publications, which is a small price to pay for an innovative service like this. If you want to remove the Issuu logo and ads, there is a paid version.

Large publishers are using the service to preview their books and hundreds of artists and photographers can be found on the platform as well as a mass of commercial magazines.


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