First, there was the website hurdle. And now, even though I run into artists all the time who either don’t have a website, or have a single page they haven’t updated in a couple of years, everyone understands websites are the norm.
“Home” isn’t a metaphor anymore.
Then blogs hit the Internet pay dirt. And as with websites, blog chaos reigned for a while: what were you suppose to write? Who was your audience: other artists or your hoped-for collectors? Were blogs worth the time and effort? How could you monetize them? Should you monetize them?
Right on the blog heels…
(and here our linear sense of a timeline starts to fall apart, as it’s wont to do in our online universe) trod Social Media with Facebook and Linked In dominating. The questions that rose up regarding these time vampires looked strikingly similar to what we’d asked about websites, newsletters, and blogs.
After Twitter squirmed it’s way in – same questions in tow – there was a brief lull, as we all tried to catch up (and catch our breath).
And now we have Pinterest, same questions shaking their fingers in our faces.
Same sense of time spent away from making art, with the same overarching question dodging in and out of the shadows: is it worth it? Does it really help us build a following, sell our art, be better artists?
Alongside this, mobile devices began re-inventing website design and “tags” weren’t just for fruit at the supermarket anymore.
Isn’t there something else?
Yet, I’ve always had this feeling that technology, online and off, has not hit its stride with regard to the art world.
I can feel the inchoate forming of a technology embryo. It haunts me, actually. I keep rubbing my eyes, convinced it’s there, if I could just focus on it’s ghost-like vapors long enough to see it.
I watch iTunes and Pandora bring music to the masses and long for a **visual art venue that would do the same.
For even with the ever-growing, online awareness that the art world is ripe for the picking (more “help artists gurus” than ever; more sites focused on the visual artist than ever… and yet… ), I can almost taste, see, here, and touch something that has yet to be born that will raise our collective consciousness in a way, as yet, unimaginable.
I have this madcap idea that if I put together a think tank of MIT grad students we would come up with it.
What I have, of course, is this amazing group of bright artists to drop in their visionary imaginings.
So, tell me, in the year 2053, what will artists have through technology that they don’t have now?
Paint me a picture of your most longed for imaginings and let’s find a way to collapse time and do it now!
**visual art venue: There is a new Pandora-like attempt brewing for the visual art world. Some of you may have already heard about it. There’s also a clever use of television for visual artists–both of which I’ll explore in the next posts in this series, Brave New Art World.
Meanwhile, there are some secret twists to the old technology of mixing colors and I have just the artist who can teach this, Carol McIntyre.
This coming Wednesday, June 13, I’m hosting Carol on a free webinar, “The Revealing 5-Step Color Mixing Method.“
Come learn the color secrets your art teachers never taught you…
Written by Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D.
Posted under Inspiration, Insight
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