Pt. 1/n... Driven to "old media"
We all remember the controversy surrounding Bishop's essay last year. Yet upon a second read, many rediscovered a nuanced discussion of critical issues in digital art. Bishop asks why contemporary art has been “unresponsive to the total upheaval in our labor … inaugurated by the digital revolution.” If anything she observes new technology having the opposite effect, driving artists towards fetishizations of "analog" materials. Spoiled by effortless search, research-based artists explore "laborious non-google methodologies" to reflect on shifts in “contemporary perception." A more fundamental shift is the breakdown in the critic’s license to deduce truths from a narrowly-selected group of artists.