Technology isn't the enemy of art
Every generation is mocked by certain members of the previous.
The film photographers shout, ‘DSLR photos aren’t ART they’re just snaps!’ and the DSLR photographers cry, ‘phone photos aren’t real art, they just don’t want to learn how to use a camera!”
The same is true of the fine arts when digital pencils and drawing first came out they were mocked by painters and sketch artists - ‘it’s just not the same’
And no, it isn't the same. It requires a completely different set of skills. Someone who can sit down in front of a canvas and whip oil paints into a lifelike rendition of a scene is not the same person who can sit down at a laptop and digitally create an oil painting style portrait.
That doesn't mean either one is more or less impressive, it’s just different.
Plus, there is a reason you don’t see artists pulling out an easel and palette on rush-hour trains. What you do see, though, is people sketching on their tablets. Creating digital paintings on their way to work or school, finding a tiny moment to express themselves and create.
Historically art has been the realm of the wealthy, the idle rich, and those people in society who had the time to dedicate and the money to buy the supplies. Now, anyone with access to a computer or smartphone - which is over 80% of Americans now - can access digital art creation and education.
Maybe even more important than new ways to create, technology has enabled people from all over the world to learn their chosen art - at any time. Free tutorials on Photoshop, artists teaching others how to paint, and musicians teaching their instruments over YouTube. You can now sit down on your phone at work, or on a bus, or while you’re out running and have an expert in your field teach you. To teach you techniques or skills, or just inspire you to the point of bursting.
And if while you’re working, commuting, or exercising you are hit with a massive idea. The kind of idea that could sprout from something small to something truly world-changing. You can make sure you remember it. Write it down, record yourself talking about it, or excitedly message your friend - wherever you are.
Whatever competitive division it has created, technology has drawn people together far more than it has divided.
Here you are, able to access artists from all over the world and be one of the lucky ones to own their limited editions. Twenty-five years ago - to see an artist from Tokyo or Athens who wasn't top tier famous you’d have to … you know… go to Tokyo or Athens. Now, you can click here, or here, and discover some phenomenal and unique artworks. Easy as that.
This type of communication and accessibility just wasn't possible before technology, and neither were some of the creations we love so much.
Technology is not the enemy of art; technology is arts biggest fan, its facilitator, its equalizer.
Nothing and no one has done for art what technology has, technology has given art back to the world.