From a reed stylus to the digital pen, technology has always reinvented art. (The internet is no different.)
Imagine all of culture as a series of rock-pools. The tide comes in, it goes out, the water drains away. Occasionally a high tide catapults starfish, sea urchins and unusual ideas to cross-pollinate other pools. Sometimes the water is refreshed. Sometimes the tide doesn’t quite reach high enough.
The internet has been like a storm tide. So high that no one can even remember where those rock pools were, what they contained, or what made them special (except perhaps the more remote, drier puddles).
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This essay was written to promote the Art & the Connected Future: Symposium at the National Gallery of Victoria. April 2016