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Not so new … anyway

Thoughts on art and the study of art after this project.

Basically, conclusion on the Found n Sound as a Graduation project after presentation and etc. My act of making instrument is on a practice-base, while some may demand a fine result in this search…for me, it can achieve nothing as an art. ¬†Life is not about the goal or dream, destination whatever fixed. I realised the project is especially misunderstood and perceived by some friends or senior artists as something raw and unfinished. In fact, the traditional approach is something questionable. With the white cube culture, it may be to hard to pursue for involvement in creativity. Even for my study, I realised a heavy limitation in practice which become an obstacle. Though it was nice for me to receive balance training from mentor with/without limitation. For some of us, they may be limited without having a macro view in art practice. In a school focuses on creativity training, we need art practice that is lively, but not something mechanical, pretentious and repeating.

When we idolize art, we somehow created a distance and fear towards art. After reading quite a lot of writings, I started to treasure the importance of the artists in the 60s where they really opened up art with effort. The early 20th century has a very strong medium, painting. The domination of painting blocked a lot of possibility.   However, the frames are here again, categories,limitation and rules are very common now even in New Media Arts. Another thing is the visual bias in Art which take away a lot of possibility into the freedom of art making . A true art training may need to avoid that.

Minimalism under the Aesthetic of the New Media

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.