Just some sudden thoughts on New Media arts through some discussion with teachers and classmates within this week. Not sure why, but I feel the option of being a minimalist in media art is limiting in someway. The culture of Hong Kong may even trap part of the artists into business-like mind set, be ambitious and get promoted…..limiting a possibility to think small or take things slowly.
I wonder if simplicity and minimalism something bad in media art? Or like the shift from classical painting to modern painting, is it possible for us to shift from ‘classical’ new media art to ‘modern’……?
Must we need complex system , programming and structure to qualify a media art work. Would they only be mere aesthetic rather than contextual aspect of a work. Maybe I appreciate the minimalist approach in conceptual art and design too much……just don’t think complexity is the only option for media arts. Like other arts, I believe the communication and dialogue between the creator, artwork and the audience is still the main focus. A bigger or complex work may not be an artwork when the technology and complexity of form overtake everything.
Given the opportunity, I would like to experiment the possibility of minimalism in the field of Media Arts. Also, rather than pushing ourself forward to the future, can we actually take a natural approach in art making? Taking things(and us) as they are.