What Does Digital Culture Look Like?

Digital Technology & Culture 101

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One of the key functions of art is to represent the world we inhabit. That might be simple enough, except that our experience of the world is infinitely complex. It’s physical and embodied, it’s emotional, it’s intellectual, it’s simultaneously concrete and abstract, it’s rhizomatic but organized by hierarchical social institutions. And in a world saturated with digital technology, virtual spaces may be every bit as meaningful as the spaces we used to call IRL. How do we represent digital culture? Digital artists like Alexandra Gorczynski have done it, as she put it, by mixing “classic elements of painting with classic elements of graphic design, the meshing of two worlds.”

Gorczynski’s work has been especially resonant because she also meshes images of her own life with ubiquitous forms of digital media. The above image, for instance, combines a serene digital backdrop with a porn video screen capture being burned…

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