Critical Thoroughness: The Dynamics of the Artist as User and Producer of Digital Elements
by Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen
In this chapter, Sørensen examines a digital dynamic of digital material crafting by which ‘users’ of digital culture simultaneously become producers of digital media and aesthetic material. She identifies this dynamic in the practices of Nordic artists who produce their digital elements from scratch, from a method, approach or, perhaps rather, an attitude that she names ‘critical thoroughness’. With this, she argues, artists regain a sense of human agency and independence within the frameworks, templates and tools of digital culture.