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Exploring the history of digital art

Jun 30, 2008
Digital art is created using the digital technology by an artist. In this society that is getting developed day by day, digital art is also advancing a lot. Digital art involves the use of computers and mousse to create the art whereas the traditional form of art involved papers, pencils, brushes and paints. The creation of the digital art cannot be told specific but it is created using the computer technology. But it is not only the computer technology from where the roots of digital art are taken but also from pop art and surrealism. Digital art is interpreted again and again from the older art forms and has it s own techniques that brought the art into light.

In 1945 a writer named Vannevar Buch wrote an article by name "As we may think" in which he discussed about the future of computers. The essay described about a computer that was not built but it highlighted the ability of the computers that are about to come in the future.

Digital art started developing in the sixties when the first competition for the computer art took place in 1963. The first 3 exhibitions were displayed only after 2 years. Douglas Englebart created the ideas of direct manipulation and bitmapping of windows in the later part of the decade. In the institute of Contemporary art, the exhibition named Cybernetic Serendipity was displayed in London.

Many computer art programs picked up in seventies such as the SuperPaint given by Richard G. Shoup. Digital art got recognized in the same year in the world of literature with many essays being written by Ruth Leavitt like Artist and Computer. Quantel created the paintbox in the year 1980 which was the second art program based on computer art. Contemporary and Post modern art developed in 1980 that encouraged various mechanisms like the video art.

A monumental mark in digital art history came about in 1982 when Robert Adrian, a Canadian artist, launched a digital art event called The World in 24 Hours. It showcased artists from 3 different continents, in 16 cities that were connected via digital outlets such as by videophone, computers and fax while discussing and displaying their artwork. In 1986, Photoshop came about and a year later the first international symposium was held in Utrecht Holland on electronic arts. By the end of the 80s, people at home were able to digitally change photos on their personal computer.

Internet hit the market in the 90s. There was an introduction of html scripts and codes with the World Wide Web available to the people and the websites were used as an art form and a new language. Digital art museum was established by Wolfgang Leiser and it turned out to be a mammoth event in the history of digital art.

These days, one can see digital art in all aspects of life starting from a movie you watch to the magazine you read. One should take it a point that it is not a big matter of visiting to the MET to look at the artwork that is displayed on the wall but the artwork that is being portrayed around you. It has had a great influence on the society and society has gained some creativity that seemed to be an impossible task before the personal computer got introduced.
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Domen Lombergar is a surreal artist obsessed with giving away winamp skins and boot skins for windows xp.
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