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date: 27 October 2021

p. 1197. Digitizing and disseminatinglocked

p. 1197. Digitizing and disseminatinglocked

  • Cynthia Freeland


‘Digitizing and disseminating’ considers the impact of new communications technologies on art. Some argue that the new ‘global village’ with its broad participation will restore the ‘primitive’ human capacities that have been lost, as we return to something more like an oral culture that is communal and emphasizes hearing, touching, and facial expressions. However, the Web's effects seem ambiguous. Cameras enhance the sense of contact across cyberspace, yet users remain isolated before their screens. Artists and ordinary Web surfers alike will have to determine whether cyberspace is a new form of absence or whether, instead, it is a place for creative, intelligent, and beneficial sensory exploration and communal connection.

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