The digital influences not only the tools and materials available for producing art or the process of conceptualizing, planning, disseminating and exhibiting art. Digital technology and culture affects contemporary art before the artwork is produced, and even before the conception of an artistic idea. It begins where the artist intuitively finds inspiration, sees or feels a need to respond to the world, and considers her or his capacity to act in the given societal or worldly conditions.
The digital is a metapsychological phenomenon that conditions our communicative existence today and informs a current ‘image of thought’ in artistic practice. But how does the digital participate in evolving contemporary art and aesthetics? How can we characterize an ‘image of thought’ in the context of the digital era as orienting current artistic practices and discourse? And how may this ‘image of thought’ affect, encourage or enable contemporary modes of political aesthetics and resonance in art?
Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art departs in artists’ reflections on how the digital affects artistic practice and thinking today – as human beings living in networked structures and connected to certain modes of discourse, forms of life, conceptions of thought, modes of agency and configurations of the common in a digitally organized reality.
Image from Digital Dynamics: Bombina Bombast (Emma Bexell and Stefan Stanisic), Strange Days (13th June 2016), virtual reality performance. Photo by Emma Bexell. Courtesy of the artists.