Computers have had great impact on the interactive art scene. Actually, it would be more accurate to assert that computers have ‘revolutionized’ the interactive art scene. This is because of the simple fact that the way things were done in the field of interactive art before the advent of computers is totally different from the way things are done in this particular field today. Against that background, in today’s blog post, I will try to analyze the said impact that computers have had on the field of interactive art. I will be looking at the specific ways in which computers have impacted the field of interactive art.
Firstly, it is an undeniable fact that computers have made the interactive art production processes to be much more efficient. Things that had to be done manually and repetitively can now be automated through the use of the relevant computer programs. Tasks that used to be regarded as being ‘daunting’ tasks, as far as the production of interactive artworks went, have now come to be seen as very simple and straightforward tasks: thanks to the power of computers.
Secondly, computers have made it easier for practitioners of interactive art to commercialize their work. It is, for instance, nowadays possible for practitioners of interactive art to sell their works on the Internet. Actually, majority of the practitioners of interactive art nowadays sell their works online. Before the advent of computers, practitioners of interactive art used to have a very difficult time, trying to get buyers for their works of art or trying to get people who were in need of their interactive art production skills.
Thirdly, computers have globalized the practice of interactive art. This, for instance, means that it is possible (and convenient) for practitioners of interactive art in different parts of the world to share ideas: leading to richer productions. On the downside, it means that clients can purchase works of interactive art on the global market: which often exposes the practitioners of interactive art in certain regions to what can only be termed as ‘unfair competition’.