isolating the artist

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by T.J.Hobbs on April 24, 1997 at 14:08:19:

The curator asks very interesting questions that I don't
think are limited to the 'genre' of electronic or computer based art. I
think the same questions apply to too much of twentieth century art: Andy
Warhol or Joesph Beuys are very good examples of this. My feeling is that
it is looking at the artist in too 'secular' a fashion, isolating and
separating artists as though there practice or investigation is entirely
self driven and is purely about self exploration is a little unrealistic. I
think this is especially inaproiate for electronic art, or perhaps more
specifically interactive art. Interactive art as it relies on a user
investigation and interpretation and requires discussion in its production
for it to gain or sustain any conherence. I have seen many a interactive
(screen based) piece fall down because someone has banged out six months
work in confinement, thrashing out there idea or expression around an
interface only for it to become incomprehensible. There is a short story by
Herman Hesse called 'The Painter' that I think expresses this point well. I think it
relates very well to the discussion of disppearance surrounding the

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