Is the Digital Age Killing Art?

About 85.7% of the people in the European Union are using the Internet*. As the world becomes digital, we’re entering a virtual world where everything concrete is being sucked into the realm of zeros and ones. It’s disrupting the way that we think, imagine, create, and live. Ultimately, it’s touched our minds and souls and how we express ourselves through art. However, the digital age isn’t killing art. It’s transforming it. There’s a new area where technology and art are merging and creating a new, natural identity.

The Infusion of Technology and Art

Artists and collectors are embracing the infusion of technology and art. In 2005, the Museum of Digital Art opened in Zurich, Switzerland as Europe’s first museum dedicated to digital art and virtual space. From there, more museums have added technology into their exhibits including the Digital Museum at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. This has revamped the world of art and brought younger audiences into the museums. People can now touch the art, interact with it, and experience it. As the world increases exhibitions focused on virtual reality and modern graphics, art can be opened to people of all generations, skill level, and creativity.

The Expansion of Creativity

Prior to the 1500s, art was used as a cultural identity of the church, a ruler, or a wealthy nobleman that commission the piece. It remained in someone’s home or hung on the windows of the local church and was seen only by those that entered the premises. Then, with the boom of the Renaissance, art exploded. It became something that was desired, valued, and honored. This spread visual culture around the world, but the canvases were still contained to those that had physical access to it. However, now in the digital age, art can be seen by everyone and anyone. Artists can now upload their pieces online and have it seen by millions of people all over the world. It’s connecting people that have never been connected before and encouraging more people to become interested in the world of art. Ultimately, the digital age has expanded the bounds of creativity and given power and artistic license to everyone.

Many people believe that technology is killing the traditional form of visual art. However, the limitless bounds of the digital world are actually expanding and transforming creativity. It’s inspiring more people and creating a new form of art that will live on for centuries.


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