How Will Technology Continue to Influence Art?

In the article,  “Contemporary Cultural Questions: How Will Technology Continue to Influence Art?”  (2015) John Rhea affirms that  while technology has advanced the possibilities in various artistic mediums, it has simultaneously shadowed or stifled other areas.  Rhea supported this claim by providing examples explaining both sides of this argument; how artists in this technological movement are beginning to embrace and delight in technology that has allowed them to create art in new ways, and also how some artists and art historians fear that quickly advancing technology is going to adversely and irrevocably impact the world of art. Rhea’s purpose was to point out that these two different forms of art (traditional and digital) though both artistic mediums have very different relationships with technology while trying to inform the public that this revelation is certainly something that the art world should embrace, while remaining wary of. The intended audience of this piece would be those who are entering the artistic community and are debating whether they should objectify their work to digital mediums.

I strongly agreed with this article as it really aligned with my views on this issue. I feel that technology is highly beneficial towards creating countless opportunities for artists, however I have doubts that is is not  beneficial for every type of art that is created. Rhea did a fantastic job of covering all the bases of this issue representing various view points. One point that he proposed that I especially found interesting was when he introduced a specific artist, David Hockney, and how he began his artistic career in strictly traditional styles and is most beloved for his oil paintings . Now, Hockney has taken advantage of new technology in recent years. At 76 years old, he has regained fame as an artist using his iPad as a primary mode of artistic creation; many of his digitally painted works have been exhibited in large-scale museum installations. Technology has advanced the possibilities for various artists and now because of the Internet, sharing images, performances, words, and thoughts on a global level has never been easier. Despite these developments, there are still some who believe that technology offers minimal benefits in performance. Spoken word poets, for example, might not benefit from technology the same way that a graphic designer would.”One thing is for sure: advancements in technology will considerably change art and culture as we know it. Only time will tell how great those changes will be.” (Rhea, 2015).


Rhea, John. “Contemporary Cultural Questions: How Will Technology Continue to Influence Art?”Cultivating Culture. WordPress, 23 Feb. 2015. Web.

Image: David Hockney IPad Drawings


3 thoughts on “How Will Technology Continue to Influence Art?

  1. I wonder if it is a possibility that the ever-growing world of technology will become so large scale that it will actually be able to be beneficial to every area of art, and even life. In the technology world, that is already the idea and the goal, in my opinion. At the rate we are going, technology will be able to benefit every crevasse of the art world and may become the very center of our everyday living, without our choice. If this is the direction we are headed, it is almost necessary for everyone to get on board with the benefits of technology or get left in the shadows.

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  2. I certainly enjoy this point of view in that it doesn’t presume the digital art is only detrimental or beneficial to the art community. One of the most important parts of an argument is specificity, you can not assume to know how art is affected on every medium in every style. By accepting the introduction of technology into art warts and all the audience knows exactly what they are diving into. This is especially significant now because, and I think the author is hinting at this, you can not stop technological advancement meaning, you can not keep out of the artistic community. Does this mean some staunch traditionalists maybe left behind? Possibly, but it’s not set in stone. The creation of the art may still be traditional, but how you present it will definitely be affected.



  3. I agree with this perspective as well. In many ways, the internet does devalue traditional art and make it harder to sell (as pictures look less appealing than the physical piece.) Though I am an avid advocate for digital art as an emerging medium because it allows for different types of designs.


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