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Sharing, hacking, helping: Towards an understanding of digital aesthetics through a survey of digital art practices in Ireland

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This article draws from a recent study of digital art practices in Ireland which used in-depth interviews, ethnographic research and case studies to seek a qualitative understanding of digital art practices, contextualized temporally to a time of economic, social and cultural crisis. The article seeks to understand how artists use digital media technologies to create new works, and how these technologies may be understood in the context of digital art practices and their aesthetics. It engages with recent debates around new media to formulate a theoretical framework of how we may understand the role of digital technologies in artistic production. Drawing on the work of new media theorists such as Lister et al., Lovejoy, and Manovich, this article suggests the consideration of three distinct characteristics of digital art, evident in selected case studies of artists and art practices in Ireland. It also argues that these characteristics can be understood in the context of new media theories of art and digital aesthetics.
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Keywords: Ireland; aesthetics; art; digital; media; practice

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dublin City University

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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