March 7, 2002
ABOUT EHCC AND CYBERART
(comments below by Pygoya)
by Dr. Hans-Georg Tuerstig
The present age may enter into history as the age of communication certainly its most striking and unique feature. Our means of communicating today were unimaginable even a few decades ago and hopefully we all continue to learn how to use these means more skillfully in the Buddhist sense of the word. The amount of information available to us is mind staggering and the challenges of finding and discriminating relevant information increase daily. Deciphering and / or understanding information is yet another challenge and in the midst of all this digital art appears and begins to play a key role.
Digital art is produced with computer hardware
and appropriate software and thus has become free from the basic limitations of
traditional artwork. Technology aids people around the world to access and
express their own creativity in a playful and comparatively easy way. Digital
art does not exist in the usual way which I find very exciting. The "sacred
original" of a digital artwork e.g. is a digital file that can be exactly
reproduced cloned if you
want to but comes into physical existence only through a separate printing process. In a sense, the artist produces a code for a piece of art that can be born into this world but can also stay in potential form in cyber space which, by the way, saves valuable resources. Its visibility on the computer screen is an illusion, not more but also not less, and so is our own existence.
Digital artwork breaks all language barriers and can be exchanged via the internet literally with the speed of light, reaching hundreds if not thousands of people all over the world simultaneously. Thus, insights and outsides are shared in an effort to get to know each other, to understand and cherish each other, to love each other for our differences, to unite as a human race, to come and stay in touch, to live in peace on this
planet we all call our home. In this way we can develop the idea and feeling of belonging not just to a particular family, race, village or country, but of belonging to one planet, of belonging to one universe. And then we may step beyond transcend this notion too and awake to the ancient truth that we all are one and the same unlimited
The EHCC (East Hawaii Cultural Center) Cyberart Exhibition in Hawaii (http://www.lastplace.com/EXHIBITS/EHCC/ICE2002/introduction.htm) has in more than one way become the manifest signal of this global contact. 24 artists from 21 countries came together in one show at a time when large areas of our world were and still are in turmoil and focus on separation and individual self-interest and concern rather than love, understanding and peace. This exhibition has become very successful and a digital art surftour is being offered at www.surftaxi.de/TaxiDriver/go?TaxiDriver=top-image&TourNr=928 which lead people through the jungle of cyber space from one precious artist to another who together shine like a string of lights that wraps around the planet from Brazil to India, Denmark to Cuba, Australia to Russia, Spain to the USA, Holland to Mexico, Germany to South Korea, Sweden to Italy, Japan to Switzerland, Finland to Uruguay, Jamaica to Yugoslavia and Canada. In addition, local exhibitions in various countries anchor the digital files in physical reality and make them accessible on this level too. We all know that art can say more than a million words and now with digital art and the internet we can speak and listen to and get to know each other all over the world in an easy, nonthreatening and enjoyable way. And one more time we may realize that we all are far more alike than different.
copyright: Dr. Hans-Georg Tuerstig
A PERSONAL INVITATION FROM FOUNDER AND CURATOR OF 2002 EHCC SHOW
By Dr. Rodney Chang
This innovative world art tour for artists, by the artists, is having astounding successful in a new methodology of exposing artists and their work globally. It is possible only through the resource of the Internet, here networking 'cyberists' (digital artists sharing their creative expression and thought with the online population, creating new e-cyberculture) to circle the planet as a single group show, simply by downloading and printing out at multiple locations abroad. This eliminates the traditional financial stumbling blocks of packaging, shipping, customs taxation, agents' fees and commissions and other expenses for promoting one's works around the world. 2002 will be a year remembered by 24 artists whereby their work was exhibited around the world at almost no cost. This happened simply from my idea to 1. secure a physical museum show for cyberart, 2. surf/browse the Web for great cyberart, 3. jury/curate and invite artists to participate in the museum group show, 4. provide longevity to the show beyond the typical museum show dates, and 5. transform the museum show into a world touring exhibition through the efforts and minimal investment in one's own art career by the chosen artists. And, what you see for 2002, WORKS! It is hoped by me that others will follow this proven economic and efficient method to share art (any type of art medium) with all peoples of this planet.
The nagging problem I had, prior to Ingrid Kamerbeek's idea of this "link exchange" was the bad feeling of those not found but worthy who are not included in this first exhibition. I want ALL that provide fantastic cyberart as fine arts for the Web to be recognized and the work appreciated by everyone who loves great art. With Link Exchange this is the opportunity to act and join and support this effort to help artists help themselves to global status using the Internet.
Join this crusade that levels the playing field for all deserving artists, thereby expand the "art world" limited by today's self interested 'art institutions." Any project starts with the securing of a benevolent museum, willing to start the ball rolling for the world tour. When a museum is approached about the subsequent tour that will harvest it global exposure and recognition in participating in this revolutionary and progressive sharing of art, odds are improve that it will grant what the artists request. It's a win-win situation for digital artists and the museums.
One point that I beg to differ with Dr. Hans-Georg Tuerstig's position of cyberart- A quote from above-
The "sacred original" of a digital artwork e.g. is a digital file that can be exactly reproduced cloned if you want to but comes into physical existence only through a separate printing process. In a sense, the artist produces a code for a piece of art that can be born into this world but can also stay in potential form in cyber space which, by the way, saves valuable resources. Its visibility on the computer screen is an illusion, not more but also not less, and so is our own existence.
For me, cyberart is the "original" online digital art, and does not require printing out to actually take form. In fact, the print to me is a "reproduction" of the pure original digital light that constructed the work of art. Keeping the work online and displayed on the monitor keeps it a first generation image. The image is not an "illusion" of an artwork but the final manifestation of the creative act of an artist using computer as tool. Cyberart also expands in definition beyond 'digital art' too when its intent, the real time appreciation by a global audience, and thereby assistance in online arts acculturation, is achieved and contributes to e-cyberculture.