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Re: Computers & Art

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amanda clarke (clarkea@s-cwis.unomaha.edu)
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 13:05:18 -0600 (CST)


This a very interesting topic, one that has come up in many college art
classes. Look into the history of art and you will find another era where
people were not sure if the new work was art, the introduction of the
camera. Even today you will find some artists who think photography is
not art. I totally disagree, but lets not debate this issue please!!!
There may be some interesting examples from the introduction of the camera
that can be used as examples or comparisons to comuter art.

I agree that work created on the computer is just as valid as work created
on a canvas. Simply put, it is a different form of media. It requires
careful planning, thought, creativity, and time to create a work on a
computer. The artist must make decisions just as any other artist.

The main problem is computer art must compete with the history of the
definition of art. Our job as artists, art teachers, and art patrons is
to challenge that very definition and refine it.

Amanda Clarke
clarkea@s-cwis.unomaha.edu