International Journal of Art & Design Education

Of Webs and Nets and Lily Ponds

Volume 18.1   1999



Any prospect of a paradigm shift in art is confounded by the use of new technologies to reproduce the dominant paradigm. Without some historical and theoretical context, that needs to acknowledge the shift in interpretation and perceptions that the digital image has heralded, the new technologies may enter the art room under the guise of passive progress that modernism was cooped into. Currently there are many documents that still reproduce the old hierarchies but faster. Technology can be made complicit in reproducing another formalism, without even the pleasure of the art materials: it can merely replicate an old order. With the help of contemporary artists however young people can learn to understand the way that self, society, and nations are formed and informed by the most potent of artistic tools.