The Internet and the Future of Art


MinneBar 1 (6 May 2006)
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The advent of mass media in the 20th century created a profound shift in the public's relationship with art: what the big-screen TV was to the late 20th century, the piano was to the late 19th. The public changed from participant to consumer; the critical mass moved from the amateur to the star; art become an industry, not just a business. But new technology — the combination of the Internet and the plummeting cost of digital production of creative work — places all of that in question again. The Amateur is back, the industries are in a panic, and everybody's feathers are in a ruffle. What changes will come to the art landscape as a result? What technologies should we be inventing to make the best world possible for art? And how can artists today navigate the dizzying onslaught of new threats and opportunities — blogs, copyright violation, the Creative Commons, Garageband, the DMCA, mashups, podcasting — to create a home for the work they love? I'll share my own thoughts and experiences (from In the Hands); come share yours.

External Resources

MinneBar: Paul Cantrell on the future of art - a recording of this session by Tim Wilson.

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