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      25 Years of Curating Digital Art: 1993–2018

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      9 - 13 July 2018

      Art history, Curating digital art, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Lumen Prize, New York Digital Salon, V2_ ZKM

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          As digital art merges with contemporary art, there have been many fundamental changes in the creative process. New forms of art continue to emerge and a revolutionary change in the art experience is occurring in museums, galleries and on the Internet. As a digital art curator, I have been fortunate to be a part of this revolution and will share my experiences and thoughts about past, present and future developments in curating traditional, contemporary and digital art. After a few landmark exhibitions in the late 1960s, digital art found an early home in international organisations, such as Ars Electronica, ISEA, New York Digital Salon, and ZKM. The development of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s gave digital art the additional exposure it needed. Artists could now sidestep the traditional art establishment and reach a global audience through their websites. The Internet also expanded the art experience beyond galleries and museums into homes, schools and portable devices. 2001 joined 1968 as a landmark year for major museum exposure of digital art with BitStreams and Data Dynamics at the Whitney Museum of American Art and 010101 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. What transpired over these decades has reshaped contemporary art and presented new challenges to museum professionals faced with this new art form. When looking towards the future, we will see a continued merging of digital art with contemporary art. New ways of exhibiting and creative self-expression using VR and Augmented Reality, along with other new, yet to be invented, technologies will be developed as they continue to infuse our daily lives and art experiences. This paper will examine the evolution of curating digital art over the past twenty-five years.

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          July 2018
          July 2018
          : 43-47
          Artist, Writer, Musician & Curator

          Chair Emeritus, MFA Computer Arts

          School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
          © Wands. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2018, UK

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          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
          London, UK
          9 - 13 July 2018
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
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