Much as art history is in the process of being transformed by new information communication technologies, often in ways that are either disavowed or resisted, art practice is also being changed by those same technologies. One of the most obvious symptoms of this change is the increasing numbers of artists working in universities, and having their work facilitated and supported by the funding and infrastructural resources that such institutions offer. This new paradigm of art as research is likely to have a profound effect on how we understand the role of the artist and of art practice in society. In this unique book, artists, art historians, art theorists and curators of new media reflect on the idea of art as research and how it has changed practice. Intrinsic to the volume is an investigation of the advances in creative practice made possible via artists engaging directly with technology or via collaborative partnerships between practitioners and technological experts, ranging through a broad spectrum of advanced methods from robotics through rapid prototyping to the biological sciences.
Hazel Gardiner is Editor for the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland and joint-editor of the CHArt (the Computers and the History of Art) Yearbook. She was Senior Project Officer for the AHRC ICT Methods Network, King's College London. Charlie Gere is Reader in New Media Research and Head of Department of Media, Film and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University.
'Digital technologies are disruptive technologies; transforming everything in their wake. Art Practice in a Digital Culture both demonstrates and explains the impact of digital technologies on the art of our time. A stellar line up of artists, curators and historians explore the issues that dominate and define 21st century art creation. These include interdisciplinary, collaborative, research and process based practice. The book will inform and excite anyone interested in contemporary art. The chapters included within it will serve both to mark a point in time and propel the discussion about art forward'. Jemima Rellie, Director of Publishing and New Media at the Royal Collection