Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008...8:45 pm
Marcel Duchamp (Dada artist) altered the classic Mona Lisa originally created by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The above work of art, although some would argue if it is true art, is an example of the images produced during the 1920′s Dada avant-garde art movement. This art movement has been known to disregard the ‘fundamentals of art’ and disrespecting art culture. From looking at these artworks, some similarities have been related in the progression of electronic literacy and digital art. As we live in the midst of a ‘Global Communication Revolution’, information, communication and technology have become so important that it continues to change and alter aspects of our daily lives. As electronic culture advances as we move towards the future, electronic literature – like the Dada art movement – contradicts the conventional modes of information distribution. And along with its media aspects, the prominence of computer-produced -digital- objects/images will continue to grow in popularity in comparison to literary objects produced in the past. ’Dada was born of a need for independence, of distrust towards unity. Those who are with us preserve their freedom. We recognize no theory’ (Tristan Tzara – a Dadaist artist). Electronic literature and art as a ‘movement’ allows for various electronic writers/digital artists from a multitude of backgrounds to freely create and distribute their work to any audience outside the conventional channels of production, via email, electronic journals, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Interestingly, the Dada art movement only lasted for a short period of time, no doubt the future of electronic modes of communication and expression will only continue to grow.
Nude Descending a Staircase By Marcel Duchamp 1912