Art in the digital age

The computer is simply a tool, one that offers artists new
resources and opportunities for reaching the public; it is
human creativity that makes art. Still, one can only
imagine how the critics would have responded to the idea
that something as playful, unpretentious and widely
popular as a computer game might be considered art.

http://web.stanford.edu/class/sts145/Library/jenkins_artform.pdf

Art is a great format to examine the way the world is changing. Digital art and internet art are now driving forces within culture that weren’t there not too long back. My interest in digital art and internet art stems from my interest in looking forward at what can be created next. An ezine is the perfect format for this. It’s easy to access with a single link, meaning that anyone with basic computer knowledge is able to view it. It’s also downloadable, this means people are able to view it from multiple platforms including laptops, tablets and smart phones. Due to the availability it’s easy for the work to get to many different audiences. This ease of access also means it’s incredible easy to share the media between different social media platforms, an option that most brands advertise today.

Due to this, I have decided to create social media platforms for the zine.

Facebook for larger updates, such as teasers for the new volumes and links to the zine. Facebook is great due to the number of people using it.

https://www.facebook.com/WeMustRemainzine

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Instagram is for posting pictures. A downside is that you can’t reblog, repost or share. Another downside is that you can’t post links. Two positives however are the ability to use hashtags and the community of artists that use it. #WeMustRemain

https://instagram.com/wemustremainzine/

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Tumblr is a good media platform for artists. You can like, repost and share links. The thumbnails are also good previews. It’s also very easy to navigate, even with very little internet knowledge.

http://wemustremainzine.tumblr.com/

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Finally, twitter is used to post shorter updates and to interact with people. It’s great for the amount of people using it and the use of hashtags.

https://twitter.com/WeMustRemainz

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I have also decided to upload PDF versions onto Dropbox so they can be easily downloaded and I can share the link with people as well as being able to post direct links onto the social media

https://www.dropbox.com/home/We%20Must%20Remain


Further ezine developements

Although this ezine originally began as a way to display my work for this project, I have since decided to continue it as a bimonthly affair.
 The ezine, originally entitled The Holy Bible, will now be entitled We Must Remain which is a reference to the digital footprint that stays on the internet forever whenever content is uploaded and shared. The first issue of the ezine shall be titled The Holy Bible in order to keep with the original content of the ezine. The title change was mostly down the the fact that in order for it to be easily searched the ezine needed a title that was more obscure. I have checked online and there isn’t a book or ezine entitled We Must Remain.I have changed the front cover accordingly. As I wasn’t completely happy with the way the handwriting looked, I chose a font with more impact.
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I chose the colour and layout for the cover as it stands out and makes an impact. The duochrome colour scheme is relevant to the content of the zine.
As well, as the zine was originally created to be presented 2D on a wall, as I still like the idea of the poetry and scanography to be physical prints, I have decided to add an introduction to the ezine.
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I have also created the second and third volumes of the zine. I shall be uploading the second one soon as it is a parody of Kim Kardashian’s Selfie book and needs to be out there whilst the timing is still right.

Field 2: Aurasma

During the field project we have been looking at various ways in which internet and reality can be augmented with one another in order to create physical pieces of art work. The work that has interested me the most is Aurasma. Aurasma is used to create multiple internet dimensions to pieces of art work. The reason this excited me so much is my love of using video and still image in my work. I have dabbled in both subject for years but have only now learnt how to combine the two. With Aurasma you can scan a still image and have it relate back to another artifact on a computer. This is perfect for the way in which I want to combine my love of scanography and video. It means I can work with video distortion on a video as well as being able to add sound elements within video.

http://www.aurasma.com/

Aurasma works via scanning an image, known as a trigger image. Once scanned, it loads an ‘overlay’ which can be a website, a video, an image or even a sound. This simple bit of software is portable and easy to download which makes it perfect for a gallery atmosphere. It also works perfectly within the field of fine art as nothing needs to be physically done to the trigger image to alter it, as it is all done via software. This would be very helpful as in the past I have had to use things such as QR codes, which can look very jarring. This way I would be adding to the piece visually.


Field 2: Artists combining Internet and Reality

Here are some interesting art pieces that combine internet and reality:

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

Caleb Larson – ‘A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter’

This piece is a seemingly innocuous black box that continuously sells itself on ebay

Hollington and Kyprianou – ‘Aristotle’s Office’

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http://www.electronicsunset.org/node/310

Each piece in the room is wired up and decides which activities to do next.

David Bowen – ‘Tele-present Water’

Documents the movements of a buoy lost at sea.