Electronic art

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Stelarc Parasite: Event for Invaded and Involuntary Body, at the 1997 Ars Electronica Festival

Electronic art is a form of art that makes use of electronic media. More broadly, it refers to technology and/or electronic media. It is related to information art, new media art, video art, digital art, interactive art, internet art, and electronic music. It is considered an outgrowth of conceptual art and systems art.


The term electronic art is almost synonymous to computer art and digital art.[1] The latter two terms, and especially the term computer-generated art are mostly used for visual artworks generated by computers. However, electronic art has a much broader connotation, referring to artworks that include any type of electronic component, such as works in music, dance, architecture and performance.[2] It is an interdisciplinary field in which artists, scientists and engineers often collaborate when creating their works. The art historian of electronic art Edward A. Shanken works to document current and past experimental art with a focus on the intersection of art, science, and technology. Other writers on the topic of electronic art include Frank Popper, Dominique Moulon, Sarah Cook, and Christiane Paul.

Electronic art often features components of interactivity.[3] Artists make use of technologies like the Internet, computer networks, robotics, wearable technology, digital painting, wireless technology and immersive virtual reality. As the technologies used to deliver works of electronic art become obsolete, electronic art faces serious issues around the challenge to preserve artwork beyond the time of its contemporary production. Currently, research projects are underway to improve the preservation and documentation of the fragile electronic arts heritage (see DOCAM – Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage).

Photoshop software allows digital manipulation of personal photographs, electronic images and generative fills using digital tools and an Artificial Intelligence educated with billions of visual examples to select from.[4]

Art festivals that use the term "electronic art" in their name[edit]


Notable artists working in electronic art include:

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  1. ^ Paul, Christiane 2006. Digital Art, p. 10. Thames & Hudson.
  2. ^ Paul, Christiane (2006. Digital Art, p. 132 Thames & Hudson.
  3. ^ Paul, Christiane (2006). Digital Art, pp. 8, 11. Thames & Hudson.
  4. ^ Chen, Brian. "How to Use A.I. to Edit and Generate Stunning Photos". The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2024.


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