After Art : David Joselit’s Digital Art Problem

After Art : David Joselit’s Digital Art ProblemImage by Andy Deck ASCII Jam (2001)

In his book After Art, David Joselit, Carnegie Professor in Art History at Yale, OCTOBER editor, and critic for Artforum and Art in America purports to examine art production today, so as to reflect on how works of art emerge from our condition of image overload. In Joselit’s view, the modern period — in which individual artists commandeered the intervention of the image — is a small glitch in history, preceded by an era of classical pre-modern image icons and swiftly outflanked by our current flood of unpreserved art images that have little power in their own right. With this I can readily agree, while radically differing with his inferred assumption that art that plays out nihilistic negativity by intensifying its forces into an affirmative nihilism is no longer possible to see because it loses its connections. To endeavor to convince us, he attempted to define the shift in the status of art under the pressure of digital technology while avoiding, or remaining unaware of, the historical record of digital art — the very history of artists working from within the belly of the beast.


Read the entire published essay here at Hyperallergic : David Joselit’s Digital Art Problem :



About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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