Obviously, artists do respond to new technology, but it takes time. Real art comes from within. It has soul. There is a time lag for technology to be absorbed and experienced to the degree that soulful art can be made with it.

Video art is the obvious example. Television became universal in many places in the 1950s, but it took until the 1970s for artists to start making worthwhile experimental art with it. And it was not until the 1990s that such experiments entered the mainstream.

I reckon we will start to see the really intelligent, serious art of the digital age in about five to 10 years. On the other hand, the technology may have already changed so much by then that art cannot catch up.

From here.

Apropos of the above, I still remember seeing Bill Viola’s work for the first time in… 1998? 1999? Something like that. It was the first time I’d seen “video art” that truly worked for me, and it was amazing, and inspirational.

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