Can Virtual or Digital Art be Considered as Art or Technique?

Hela Ben Maallem, Dr. Paul Richard, Prof. Jean-Louis Ferrier, Prof. Abdelaziz Labib

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“The introduction of virtual art creates suspicion and faintness persisting in the field of art. It is a polemic in the center of which ‘contemporary’ art sees itself, suddenly and brutally, questioned. We entered a new era, the era of the generalized connectivity which will transform, not only the supports of art, its diffusion, its know-how, but also its perception. Indeed, the inescapable development of human-machine interface, allowed the emergence of the concept of virtual experimentation. This one consists to study various mathematical models and to solve its equations so as to follow the evolution of the various variables representative of a physical or non-physical phenomenon. Thus, it will be possible to act, via these models, even on virtual objects or to test non-physical conditions.”

“Digital art does not break, but differently poses the relations of adjacency between technique and language, technique and art. It facilitates and automates the exchanges and communication modes between figurative and technical thought. So, potentialities offered by the technology enable any creator to redefine his subjectivity and to reconsider the respective relationship between reality, virtual reality and imagination.”

Hela Ben Maallem, Dr. P Richard, Can Virtual or Digital Art be Considered as Art or Technique?, 2008

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