At our Digital Scholars meeting this past Friday, we were honored to have Rob Duarte’s expertise in teaching us about Digital art work. Duarte gave a in depth presentation that consisted of past electronic devices that made a major comeback into modern day art world. The artwork that I appreciated most was the pho bowl with the built-in cell phone holder. This concept is cool and disturbing: cool because we can multitask while eating, disturbing because when we go into restaurants and social gatherings as a society almost everyone is on cell phones. People never look up to essentially enjoy the surroundings around them. Another cool digital artwork invention was the lie detector test that another artist recreated. This particular lie detector test interviewed the autobiographical books of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Duarte himself created a very intriguing digital art piece. Duarte created a machine that inserts razor blades into apples. This type of art work can be seen as fearful or a cautionary tale. Either way its brilliant to have in the realm of digital artistry. Digital artwork in my opinion does many things, it teaches us where we have been in the digital world and what our future may look like if we stayed on the same track or sway away from our digital pass and evolve into something we cannot yet describe.
“Am I a man or a machine?” (Dunne, 21). Humans have put so much time and energy into making machines that machines are becoming apart of us. In many of the Digital artworks that we had to examined in the readings a shared trend was man as the machine. Digital Artist such as Marco Zanuso, Matthew Archer, Lisa Krohn, and Stelarc the artist to name a few have incorporated actual human artificial intelligence in their digital designs.
With all the defaults in machines created by humans only reflect the actual defaults of humans. We cannot be perfect therefore our work in machine will never be perfect. In the realm of digital artistry, it captures the imperfectness of the human through the machine.