Writer Stephanie Mlot talks about the impact that social media has on art in the modern day. She starts with “it could be argued that social media is the next great form of art” this is a pretty stunning statement, to me at least. I do not agree with this claim, as she brings up the example of instagram and it’s impact. It is really hard for me to see instagram or other social networks as an art form. Do you think instagram, twitter, pinterest… are art forms?
I can definitely see instagram as a place to show art, but it is not art itself. Although I do agree that the Internet and social media have changed the way art organizations stage performances, showcase exhibits, engage audiences, sell tickets, and raise funds. Although many changes have been made due to technological advances, most art organizations believe technology is “very important” to their organization, it’s even making art a more participatory experience. Many of these organizations have embraced social media and have begun using their tools to promote work. Although set-backs do follow this progress. Unfiltered public criticism is a big issue because it is so hard to filter out all the criticism in such an open and free form of communication.
I really can’t decide whether social media and the internet are good or bad. I can’t help but think of Ai weiwei and his frequent use of twitter. When he began to use twitter to get info the public needed to know out into the open, was a huge step for him as an artist/activist. Ai weiwei uses twitter a lot and from what I’ve seen it’s been for good. Content is unlimited on the internet, people post, share, tweet, retweet all kinds of art daily and this has created an unrealistic expectation for many art organizations. It has created the expectation of free digital content. In my opinion, and from what I picked up in this article, the internet and social media is great for aspiring artists, and bad for organizations associated with the art world.