Sunday, August 2, 2015


The next great challenge for traditional, conventional Art lies with the Internet and the various software programmes already developed for the computer - Digital Art. I happen to believe that this is the future, the route out of the cul-de-sac in which European Art has been stuck for most of the last fifty years, bombed out of intellectual self-belief by two world wars, and reduced to total self-doubt by the Nihilism of Dada. The figures above do not belong to me; a copyright dispute in court would undoubtedly attribute them to Alberto Giacometti, the great Swiss sculptor, but in truth they aren't really his either. Take a photograph, or find someone else's photograph on the Web, open it in PhotoShop or some other programme, manipulate it into the image you require, then re-open it in a paint programme and complete the work. Who owns it then - the originator or the re-creator? And if you create your work digitally, saving it in the "Cloud", what constitutes a purchasable "original"?

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