Professor Noah Travis Phillips
Internet Art Cultures
May 25th, 2021
Exploratory Writing 9A
Shifting our normal seems to be the latest topic of life, as the levels and powers of the crises which have been surrounding our revolutions for over a year now. While many were caught dwelling on the negative impacts on our typical normal, I have been pushing myself to see further beyond that in this same attitude. While things may have seemed slower in many perspectives, so much from behind the scenes has finally been forced onto the front burner: what things are in their foundations, how things work, and why things are done. Now that things seem to be shifting 'back,' we are having a period of reflection in understanding that we needed to slow down to understand a lot of these things before we get back on the course of barreling forward.
It has been incredibly exciting watching the growth of event programming, education and healthcare practices, and in personal social connectivity due to digitization and the internet. The importance and vitality of my own technology and web skills only escalated as we have discovered new approaches and accessibility features throughout all of the crisis.
I have always used the Web as my go to for any inspiration, tools, or assets in order to produce other things for an out of screen final product. When I first started making fun t-shirt designs with my friends, they would often trace aspects of many other things for a final mashup as the shirt design. I for whatever reason really needed that hard starting place, but now that I have learned the power of the expanse of tools on the web and how to use them for myself it has become much simpler to produce exactly what I want digitally before bringing it into an AFK space whether it be on my wall collage (which is strictly digital art printed straight from the web) and especially for any promotion that may link a web piece to something tangible. An example that I have worked closely with is planning virtual concerts for DU this past school year, showing the importance of the screen in bringing a normal feeling of performance and still a distinction from a normal YouTube video.
I really appreciate the broad and inclusive use of postinternet art simply because of the way I like to use my creations and pieces. I find that this epoch is practically a celebration of using our art as pieces that work and play within the world, not just pieces that feel separate from our actual spaces. Art is being used everywhere, as this 4D postinternet experience continues to grow more.
postinternet a presence that is now a given; a generally less phenomenal phenomenon.