Main Points Of Interactive Art Communities

Main Points Of Interactive Art Communities
by Anna Meenaghan

In the days before the communications revolution we were told what beauty in art was, and what was not. Great hordes of experts, art critics and, of course, the art galleries, decided for us what was worth considering as art. As if we are not able to decide for ourselves.

The saying is that art ought to be discussed as well as seen, but if you had no access to these all powerful people, it would not have even been seen. Except of course by your family and friends perhaps. Tragically this meant that a vast number of fantastic artists were never discovered.

This is really an unacceptable situation. Art should be accessible to anyone, and people should be able to discuss it, comment on it, and even submit their own art in places where artists and art enthusiasts gather.

Fortunately, the increasing availability of the Internet is changing the ways in which artists can present their work and invite feedback and discussion. The “Web 2.0” concept is all about using web technology to bring people together and create communities and social networking.

The wonderful part about this is, of course, that individuals are now no longer simply on the fringes and are able to make decisions for themselves. No longer are we restricted to just see the info that a minority of experts wants us to see, and to top it all up, we now have the capability to show our art to absolutely anyone without needing to be “discovered” by someone.

When you look at trends in entertainment, you see that traditional monolithic information providers such as commercial TV and newspapers are in the ropes while user communities and user-generated content flourishes. I myself rarely watch commercial network TV anymore. There is so much interesting stuff on the web that commercial-interrupted TV has completely lost its appeal.

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Thanks to all this new technology contemporary artists need no longer rely on traditional galleries, art collectors or critics to be “discovered”. The discovery part is now being done by the people that matter the most – YOU!.. And I am sure that eveyone agrees with me when I say that we are all quite able to decide if we like a piece of art or not. And thanks to web we are now able to make this decision for ourselves.

This does not guarantee fame and fortune, but it provides what many artists desire most: getting feedback from peers and enthusiasts and to be able to make their art potentially available to millions, no matter where on the planet they may live.

There are any number of ways in which artists can take advantage of the web. They can use one of the major social networks, they can join special art communities and forums, or they can even create their own interactive online art galleries to display anything from landscape painting to portraits, sketches, abstract art or anything else they may specialize in.

Visitors can browse the site and buy art directly from the artist. They can also interact with the artists via chat, discussion boards or other means of communications. Online gallery artists may also do video interviews or presentations, polls, classes or lead discussion groups. Site visitors may commission art from artists whose work and style they like. The opportunities are endless.

No more time consuming searches for galleries that are willing to exhibit the artists work. Thanks to the internet artists are now able to put themselves and their work right in front of art connoisseurs and potential buyers. No longer will they have to wait to be “discovered” by someone as web lets you discover them directly.

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