Art and The Age of D.I.Y.
I used to be very ANTI-computers…..in fact, when I was a teenager, I used to get frustrated as all get out about using the darn thang! I mean I am so slow to get up on new technology you would think I was a hundred years old. I’m exaggerating. But really, I do usually get in a little late in the game when it comes to technology.
However, all that has changed in recent years. I am very computer literate and know enough to get myself in trouble when it comes to these dumb hunks of metal we rely on for everything. But I am so fascinated by the internet. I enjoy one-on-one interaction with real people, but the new ways that we are communicating through social media is intriguing. After meeting (in person) with some UBBER SMART PhD Sociology people, I learned how little I know about how we connect and influence each other as communities. But when you add social media to it there evolves a whole creature.
How does this relate to art? Well doesn’t EVERYTHING relate to art?
Seriously, the internet’s capabilities in the hands of every human being has given everyone a new level of freedom. We live in the Age of DIY and Self-eees. If you want it, you can make it. Produce. Market it. Sell it. It’s yours.
Of course, it doesn't mean it will be great the first bat out and it takes more work if you do it yourself, but if you seriously educate yourself and know when you need to ask (and pay) for help there are opportunities to create art and be successful with these powerful tools we use every day.
Yes, our actions are probably being monitored. Yes, they could shut it down on everyone in a minute. (That’s the rebel speaking….just ignore her.) But I like the idea that if I want it I can get it. I’m a DIY-er at heart anyway….I enjoy the process of creating for creation sake. And it excites me that people are developing new pathways for their own art.
Here is one group I came across this week that I really appreciated:
Not only did they use their art to educate the public but they created a great product for us to enjoy! Support the Arts!
P.S. If you are concerned about art and internet safety, a great resource is Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. She's a great lawyer for the arts and highly informed on social media in today's age. Check her out. http://www.dgonzalezesq.com/