Digital Art Museum
Rejane Spitz    

Qualitative, Dialectical and Experiential Domains of Electronic Art

Rejane Spitz (educator, researcher, artist), Department of Arts, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Marques de Sao Vicente 225, CEP 22453900, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This paper was presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art (FISEA 93), Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 3-7 November 1993.

This article draws attention to the critical role of electronic artists in the light of an examination of the differences between the First and Third Worlds. The author suggests that electronic artists are opening new avenues for the use of computers as a human-centered technology by taking into account the complexity of human-machine relationships in a socio-cultural perspective. Artistic experiments are giving rise to combinations of the expressive potentials of human natural languages (which extend over aesthetic, metaphoric, artistic, affective and moral domains) and the objective, quantitative and procedural characteristics of computer-related languages. The author proposes that, in a world of social, cultural and economic disparities, the contemporary electronic artist's major struggle must be for balance between uniqueness and uniformity.

This paper is published in Leonardo, Vol 28, No 4, pp. 319-323, 1995

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