The reproduction of art and the viewing experience in the digital age

Goddard, Charles Paul (2014) The reproduction of art and the viewing experience in the digital age. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Technology and art progress in correlation with one another; as new technologies are developed, they are used as tools to create new mediums of art and enhance the audience’s viewing experience, both inside and outside the museum walls. The intense development of technology in the late 20th and early 21st Century has rapidly advanced the transition of society from the Mechanical Age of production, into the computerized processes of the Digital Age.
    The new digital technology has escalated the capability of reproducing art, causing change to audience perception of value and challenges the concept of “the original” (Benjamin, 1989, p35). Art culture has always engaged with technologies to create new techniques of producing artwork with wider possibilities, the camera for example, has established itself as a tool as powerful as the paintbrush. An audience has become accustom to the use of digital cameras and smart phones to produce a digital copy of the viewing experience. Inside the museum, collections have become more publicly accessible and regulations on photographing exhibitions lifted. Yet as collections become more digitalized within online archives, could the level of visual enhancement and increased accessibility outweigh the benefit of experiencing the original?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 11:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39

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