Who is the Author?
Natalia Stanusch studies Communications and Art History at John Cabot University, Rome. Her research interests include the visual fusion of digital and physical, the intersection of new media arts and social media and issues related to digital images. She is the creator of Hashtagart.blog where she questions recent developments from the crossroad of new media arts and digitalization. She’s been also involved in several projects in the past years, for example as a co-author of “Kid-Directed Family Vacation Planning: Using Ideas from Creative Kids Around the World” (2016) and was an editorial assistant for “The Social Issue in Contemporary Society: Relations Between Companies, Public Administrations and People” (2019). She is also a digital media coordinator of JCU Art History Society, and an author of art reviews for Art History Society Tumblr blog.
Her most recent publication is an article “I Present You with Myself: Facebook Avatars and Apple Memoji, or a Brief Account of the Evolution of Emoji“, published by the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, and ‘Reserved for Social Distancing,’ a semi-autoethnographic film project presented during “Affect & Social Media#4.5 and The Sensorium Art Show: ‘Media Virality and the Lockdown Aesthetic'” conference, showcased in the panel titled ‘Lockdown Aesthetic & Quarantine Blues.’
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Why here, Why now?
The internet changed our lives. Also, it changed the way we perceive and live the world around us. And although art has always surrounded us in one way or another, social media platforms changed this dramatically: they changed the accessibility of art, the value of art, and the meaning of art.
These changes can happen behind our back. If we don’t talk about the place of art in the conteporary world, we can find ourselves put in a world that we didn’t want. So, do we want to have a voice in this discussion? Yes, and we should talk about these issues to find the common consonance and shape the future, rather than have it shape us.
This blog looks closely at recent issues and trends of art in the digital age. It talks about the relation of art with digital technologies, brings up questions from users, social media corporations, and artists. Read about the issues to inform youself, others, and start a discussion.
be critical, be art, shape the digital world.