Transitions in art over the ages...

Lile Elam ((no email))
Tue, 19 Aug 1997 13:11:16 -0700 (PDT)

Hi folks,

Yesterday I was reading alot about the Renaissance Age in the
arts which was really interesting. See:

Unfortunately I have very little knowledge of the different
ages of art and when different styles evolved. So it was quite
interesting reading about this via the above website.

While doing so, I realized how much easier it was to look
at this information in hypertext, which is non-lineal, and
obtain a better understanding of how styles evolved. It was so
neat to read about one artist and see their art, and then
easily see the works of their teachers or previous artists
who worked in the same style via hypertext links.. in a
spontainious way.

Anyways, after reading alot about this, I started to think about
art itself and wondered that if it is an expression of the human
concousness, how will art reflect the growth of human concousness
that has occured because of hypertext, the web and the Internet?

In a way I feel we are in the early stages of a renaissance at the
start of this new (information) age. How will our art reflect this?

It's all pretty exciting for me to think about this while I
am sitting in cafes drinking expresso and talking with technologist
friends. :)

One such friend speculated that he felt that now that we have the
Internet, artifical intelligence can become a reality because computers
are now able to communicate with one another. Prehaps communication
with others is what brings awareness of self and concousness.

Would love to hear what you think....