Social Media Helps Boost the Arts, But at What Cost?

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.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413832,00.asp

 

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Wuzhen Is the Chinese Art Hub You’ve Never Heard Of

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This article “Wuzhen Is the Chinese Art Hub You’ve Never Heard Of” by Frances Arnold, highlights the rapid growing Chinese water town Wuzhen and their popular Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition is sure to be a well known destination in the contemporary art world. The way Arnold introduces this town truly grasped my attention. “Best known for its cobbled streets, quaint bridges, and oodles of old-world charm, Chinese water town Wuzhen is confidently carving a niche in contemporary art.” He also called Wuzhen the “Venice of the East”which definitely gives it high expectations. This article really fits in with our non-western contemporary art focus.

The art itself in this exhibition looks quite incredible. There seems to be a wide variety of pieces, one work, Finnbogi Pétursson’s Infra – Supra (2014) especially makes me want to travel to Wuzhen. I could not find a video of this work but the description and picture seem to do a good job of describing it, “Vibrations from three deeply pulsating speakers positioned above a pool of water are made visible through cleverly positioned spotlights to create wave after hypnotic wave. In a town with this much water, the installation feels particularly apt.” At least from what I imagine, I would be sitting in front of this piece for a good chunk of time.

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I really agree with Frances Arnold, Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition will put the town firmly on the map, Not only the art looks beautiful, but the 1,300 year old town also looks very picturesque. Another plus for Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition is the very affordable exhibition cost of 25 rmb or $4. The day passes to the town itself are 120rmb. This article shows that there are some great steps being made in improving recognition of non-western contemporary art.

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https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-chinese-art-hub-you-ve-never-heard-of