Traversing postdigital art: reimagining humanness between the spaces of paint and pixels

Fisher, Catherine Bridget (2019) Traversing postdigital art: reimagining humanness between the spaces of paint and pixels. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Abstract

This practice-led study explores the area of ‘Postdigital’ (PD) visual arts that is characterised by the visible inclusion and balance of the human hand in combination with digital technologies to create artworks. As artists can now create using algorithms and pixels instead of physical media, such as paint, there is a concern that the transience and infinite reproducibility of digital media is eroding the uniqueness, tactile materiality and authorship of artists’ work. It removes us from the art object, and changes the reality of making and experiencing art. This sense of digital disenchantment is the focus of many PD artists work (Cramer 2014).

My long-standing art practice, which traverses both analogue and digital media, has provided me with important insights into the artist’s presence in the PD art world. In my practice I combine digital and traditional media to create a transitional zone between the real and virtual and haptic and generative. This is in order to decrease the perceived dissonance and demarcation between the traditional and digital by including specific references to the human element within these works. The inclusion of the human hand, such as by including intentional aesthetic ‘glitches’, which are normally used by PD artists to highlight the unintentional system errors, failures and disruptions of digital, becomes a critical essential part of the artworks and encourages the viewer to consider the artist’s presence in a form which is usually devoid of such elements.

Using bricolage and visual ethnographic methodologies, I explore themes such as privacy and surveillance, feminism, the environment, globalisation and the impact of technology through my practice which draws from traditional practice to create PD artworks and incorporates my presence as the artist. Given the limited research available on PD art practice (Roestenburg 2018) this study is also informed by a visual analysis of selected PD works, an international and national survey with PD artists and a series of in-depth interviews about their art practice. Drawing from this data, a set of guiding principles has been developed to assist the viewer in appreciating the particular characteristics and qualities inherent in PD art,
including the critical importance of humanness in this type of artwork.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
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Additional Information: Doctor of Creative Arts thesis. Copyright Rights and Compliance: Unless otherwise stated this work is protected by copyright with all rights reserved. I provide this thesis in the expectation that due acknowledgement is made of all images and text ⓒ Catherine B. Fisher 2019.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Supervisors: Baguley, Margaret; Hetherington, John
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 04:42
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 02:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: practice-led research; visual arts; postdigital art; digital art; analogue art; humanness
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190203 Electronic Media Art
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190102 Art History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360503 Digital and electronic media art
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3601 Art history, theory and criticism > 360104 Visual cultures
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360699 Visual arts not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3601 Art history, theory and criticism > 360102 Art history
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5002 History and philosophy of specific fields > 500299 History and philosophy of specific fields not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/CHT0-R031
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39504

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