Who is the Author?
Natalia Stanusch is an spiring academic, critic, editor, and change-maker, interested in Media Studies, AI, data ethics and art. She graduated from John Cabot University as a double major in Art History and Communications in Spring 2022, and she’s currently at the University of Amsterdam pursuing her MA in New Media and Digital Culture.
Her most recent publications are “Raw Memory: Ephemerality of the Eternal in WhatsApp” and “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 “The HaHa of Digital Deterritorialization: Looking at Memes through the lens of Dada Laughter” published at The Meme Studies Research Network, part of Centre for Data, Culture, and Society at the University of Edinburgh.
She also experimented with filmmaking, such as in a short experimental film “Memory Ephemera. The Hauntology of Online Connections” 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.
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