Over the past few decades, the Nordic region has witnessed large shifts in its political, social and international outlook. Meanwhile, its art, commonly described as introverted, contemplative and wild, is also undergoing changes. As technology embeds itself further into the contemporary art scene, there is a renewed need to examine the role of art in society and everyday life, and to consider how the digitalization of art has tackled socio-political realities, locally and in the wider world. Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art includes a collection of testimonials from 65 artists, connected to Nordic art, who employ concepts and/or tools relating to the digital in their practice. Their statements form the basis of the essays in Part 2, penned by leading scholars affiliated with the Nordic art context, which inquire into the digital influences on contemporary art, with particular attention paid to the national and international Nordic socio-political context.Landscapes, nature, minimalism, melancholia – this book examines how these traditional Nordic tropes hold up in the growing field of digital contemporary art, and asks: to what extent have digital dynamics been adopted into the imaginaries and practices of Nordic artists?
Intellect Books Ltd; April 2019
- ISBN: 9781783209507
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art
- Author: Tanja Toft
About The Author
Tanya Toft Ag, Ph.D., (editor) is a curator, researcher, writer and lecturer on urban media aesthetic phenomena and media art’s engagement with societal and urban change. She gained her doctoral degree from Copenhagen University with visiting scholarships at Columbia University and Konstfack (CuratorLab), and MA degrees from The New School and Copenhagen University. Her curatorial practice evolves with media art and media architecture in urban environments, and she has held keynotes and presented her critical perspectives on art and urban media worldwide. She is editor of Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019) and co-editor of What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why, When, Where, and How? (av edition, 2016). In 2017 she co-founded the globally networked Urban Media Art Academy. In 2018-2020 her research is situated at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.