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Internet as Creative Environment

Title: The Internet as Creative Environment: Practice and Explorations with Internet Technology of Three Selected Artists.
Name(s): Chou, Ying-Yi, author
McRorie, Sally, professor directing dissertation
Jones, Ithel, outside committee member
Anderson, Tom, committee member
Blakely, George, committee member
Department of Art Education, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: With the rapidly growing population of Internet users, many artists now utilize the Internet as a mean to both access and create artworks, which themselves have a newfound opportunity to communicate with the greater public. However, the heavily technologically oriented medium still is in its initial stage of development. While post-secondary students utilize technology to make art, the field of Internet art is new and not understood, particularly in terms of effective pedagogy. The combination of art and technology has been evo lving quickly and is difficult for some people to understand and accept, not to mention that the definitions of art change over time and place, and computer technology is rapidly evolving. Selected artists in this study revealed their processes of creating artworks, their aesthetic views, and their concepts of Internet art, which offered data for better understanding the new media and how it may best be taught to post-secondary students. From a humanistic perspective, this research project was designed to investigate the ontology and functions of Internet art within the contexts of aesthetics and postmodern culture, drawing implications for post-secondary education. The first part of the project attempted to delineate Internet art in various contexts and ana lytically describe a wide spectrum of varied genres of Internet artworks. In the second part of this research, I gathered further data by interviewing three selected artists with educational and professional backgrounds in painting, cinema, and installatio n, who now create Internet artworks. I investigated their technology and artistic educational experiences, their conceptualizations of Internet art in terms of art in a larger sense, their aesthetic experience of viewing Internet art pieces, and their further insights into this emerging new medium. I coded and analyzed the data gathered from these artists' interviews, using qualitative methods of analysis, and combined those data with initial findings to develop a practice-based definition of Internet art and its role in postmodern art and culture. I also made suggestions for the teaching and learning of in post-secondary education, based upon the findings from the study.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3645 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: April 29, 2003.
Keywords: Internet Art, Technologically Based Studio Art Programs
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sally McRorie, Professor Directing Dissertation; Ithel Jones, Outside Committee Member; Tom Anderson, Committee Member; George Blakely, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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Host Institution: FSU

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