What are these people actually talking about?

Fred Deaking

“I think it’s a creative act in a digital space, that goes beyond the more trivial interactions that social media encapsulates, and engenders some kind of emotional response.”

“There were a bunch of fine artists working in digital space, but they weren’t necessarily making digital art.”

“Suddenly there’s a lot more activity in the fine art world. Then there’s a response from the more code-based people, who feel that they’ve been making what we’re now calling digital art for a decade, and what are these fine art people doing thinking that they can come along and co-opt it all. It’s an interesting time.”

“If the internet is the Gutenberg Press, we haven’t got the novel yet. We might have the odd illuminated manuscript, but what we don’t have is an art form that’s native to the internet.”

“all of the digital art that we see, read, consume, listen to, is an older format that’s been updated or tweaked for a digital age. E-books, MP3s, YouTube… they’re all new ways of consuming older forms.”

“There’s an abundance of creative energy that doesn’t need to be codified as art. That’s what’s busting so many people’s brains, and making it so hard to answer the question ‘what is digital art?’.”

“A creative act in digital space”. Eleanor Turney in conversation with Fred Deakin, in The Space, September 2, 2014


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