The Influence of the Connectivity of the Cell Phone on Art

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The Influence of the Connectivity of the Cell Phone on Art that is considered a Form of Relational Aesthetics The 1990s came with transformation in many aspects of social life, including art. Digitization of the society through the emergence of the internet and the advent of mobile or cell phones greatly transformed human relations and the society in large. Art and aesthetics has been greatly influenced by the advancement of networking technology in the society since the 90s. As Tofts (2005), a culture critic and renowned cyberculture author, explains in his article aptly titled FCL-039 tsk tsk tsk & Beyond: Anticipating Distributed Aesthetics, “the social concept of networked communities, which preoccupied us in the ‘90s, has its correlative in a particular strand of aesthetics” (Tofts, 2005). The cell phone is one of the key implements that have networked the society by increasing connectivity between people. Digitization and networking of the society has not only changed the way art is produced and distributed but also how it is defined in the context of human relations. Explaining better, Tofts (2005) points out that digital forms of art production, distribution and interaction such as the internet and multi-user platforms, including cell phones, “have modified the spatial and temporal dimensions of what constitutes an art event and an experience of it” (Tofts, 2005). This is because in the 1990s, the approach of analyzing and categorizing fine art changed from the perception of the artist as a central figure in art production to an approach in which the artist is viewed as the catalyst, rather than the object at the center. In this paper, the influence of the connectivity of the cell phone on art that is considere... ... middle of paper ... ... Bourriaud, N. (2002). Postproduction Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World. New York, NY: Lukas & Stemberg. Bourriaud, N. (2002). Relational Aesthetics. Paris: Les Presses du Reel. Farias, G. (2011). Everyday Aesthetics in Contemporary Art. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Vol. 3, No, 3, 440-447. Krauss, R. (1978). Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism. In J. H. (Ed), Video Culture: A Critical Investigation (pp. 179-191). New York, NY: Video Studies Workshop, 1986. McLuhan, M. (1964). "The Medium is the Message". In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (pp. 23-35). New York, NY: Signet. Tofts, D. (2005). FCJ-039 tsk tsk tsk & Beyond: Anticipating Distributed Aesthetics. The Fibreculture Journal, Issue 7, Available online at:

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