This publication examines how digital culture influences how artists work today, the intuitions and imaginations they work from, their orientations and inquiries. Based on interviews with 78 artists belonging to the Nordic art context, the book examines art’s changing trajectories, meanings and roles in our present condition influenced by dynamics of digital culture. It particularly examines how the digital influences current artistic thinking in perspective of the Nordic regional context, which, affected by technology and globalization, is experiencing large shifts in its socio-political conditions and international outlook. This condition evokes new urgencies for artistic response and engagement. The book points to how digital dynamics stimulate reformulations of political aesthetics in art and its role in society, while opening up for new modes of agency for the artist and, not least in perspective of the declining collective project of welfare state, enables art’s engagement to be brought beyond inquiries focused on a sense of ‘collectivity of the state’ towards a sense of ‘connectivity with the world’, approached as a laboratory rather than an object of representation.
With this vast exploration of the artistic landscape, the media art compass points to a North that was not clearly mapped, revealing the political, social and aesthetic strata and their interweaving tectonics that underlies the most contemporary forms of Nordic art practices.
Maurice Benayoun, artist and Professor at City University of Hong Kong
A timely introduction to the ways in which digital culture has changed art practice in the Nordic Region.
Ina Blom, author of The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (2016)
Rich source on ‘The Digital & The Arts’ – great to explore.
Oliver Grau, Professor for Image Science and Member of
Contemporary digital culture is both global and local, or ‘glocal’ as the catchword goes. The interplay of traditions and ideas matters and is necessary to explain the complexities we all are dealing with in our daily lives. This book offers a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion by offering a Nordic perspective – or rather, perspectives: as the varied contributions show, the digital arts and cultural initiatives that originate in the Nordic countries are anything but monomanic.
Erkki Huhtamo, Professor of Design Media Arts and Film,
Television and Digital Media, UCLA, Los Angeles
Tanya Toft Ag
On Being an Artist with the Digital
On Digital Tools, Methods and Research Processes
On Materiality and Behaviour in Digital Art
On Art Between Forms and Fields
On Perception and Art’s Experience
On Nordic Aesthetic Conditions and Identification
On Participatory Practices and Collectives
On Art and Society
On (Alternative, Urban and Public) Spaces for Digital Art
On Art and Representation
On Art, Nature and Environment
Dynamic Seclusion: Nordic Noir And Digital Culture
Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Concretism And Danish Digital Art – New Political Dialogues From An Avant-Garde Perspective
Jens Tang Kristensen
The Arts Of Instituting
Jamie Allen and Bernhard Garnicnig
Representation, Complexity And Control: Three Aspects Of Technology-Based Sonic Art
Uneasy Listening: Perspectives On (Nordic) Sound Art After The Digital
Reformulations Of The “Natural” World: Jana Winderen’s Sound Installation The Wanderer
Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen
Intertwining Of The Digital And The Biological In The Artistic Practice
In Between Worlds
Virtual Worldmaking: Cultivating Digital Art Practice
Elizabeth Jochum and Mads Deibjerg Lind
Radical Rematerialisation: New Political Aesthetics In Contemporary (Digital) Art
Tanya Toft Ag
Critical Thoroughness: The Dynamics Of The Artist As User And Producer Of Digital Elements
Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen
Where The Inaction Is: The Politics Of Digital Things And The Significance Of The Lab… In the Practices of Laura Beloff, Kollision, and Mogens Jacobsen
Visions And Divides In Icelandic Contemporary Art
Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir
Digital Dragons Of The North: On Digital Dynamics And New Nature In Nordic Aesthetics
Conclusion: (Digital) Horizons for Nordic Contemporary Art
Tanya Toft Ag
Cover photo: Jana Winderen, Jana Winderen (2014), Krísuvik, Iceland. Photo by Finnbogi Pétursson. Courtesy of the artist.