"The philosopher Arthur Danto averred that art ended with Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes, while the literary critic Fredric Jameson declared in 1984 that the whole of modernity was “spent and exhausted,” that there was no more style, indeed no more self, and that “the producers of culture have nowhere to turn but to the past: the imitation of dead styles.” As for the influence of digital media, as early as 1989 the cultural theorist Paul Virilio identified a “polar inertia” — a static pileup of images and words with no particular place to go — as the inevitable endpoint for culture on a “weightless planet” constituted of ones and zeros." (nytimes.com, Ours Is the Least Artistically Innovative Century in 500 Years)
"To engage with the practice of curating in its many forms is both to have a voice and be able to give voice to others. To create dialogue. To engage with audiences of all walks of life, to question what is known or understood. It’s an effort to find meaningful intersections between art, life, and ideas, which can even include delving into other fields such as science, technology, or psychology. The work of a curator is not just isolated to one industry or one way of thinking about what art, or the world, is—it is expansive, shifting, and personal." (Kara Q. Smith, On Finding Certainty in an Uncertain Field)
"Some might say that no matter how complex the computational product-a medical diagnosis, a move in a chess game-"all the computer really does is add." In a certain sense this is true. But saying that a computer "decided to move the queen by adding" is a little bit like saying that Picasso "created Guernica by making brushstrokes." Reducing things to this level of "local" description gives no satisfying way to grasp the whole." (Sherry Turkle, The Second Self)
"The homogeneity of the technology and widespread use of the same apps seem to be creating, again, a certain culture." (Nancy Jo Sales, American Girls)
"The computer offered her a product that looked "so clean and neat" that it was unquestionably right, a feeling of rightness she had never known at school, where she was always painfully aware of her deficiencies, ashamed of them, and, above all, afraid of being discovered." (Sherry Turkle, The Second Self)
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