Digital Roadtrips: the shifting landscape of digital art shows

Lambert, Nick (2019) Digital Roadtrips: the shifting landscape of digital art shows. In: Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research. Springer Series on Cultural Computing . Springer, Cham, pp. 147-162. ISBN Online 978-3-319-97457-6; Print 978-3-319-97456-9


Digital art exhibitions have been held since the early 1960s. Over fifty years, they have stimulated artists using computational media to develop their work. Several key exhibitions helped to define the area of “digital art”, insofar as it exists as a separate area of art practice, and have assisted this developing medium by favouring certain aesthetic and critical preferences. This paper will look at selected exhibitions and prizes, and consider their influence and impact. Key questions include: issues of scale, the perception of digital art, the development of the forms within it and the expectations of artists involved; and promotion of this medium to the general public.

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