Blog #1- Dick Higgins Essay
how do higgin’s ideas about the effects of technology on art differ, if at all, from your own?
My views on technology seem to be similar to Higgins. Technology isn’t to blame for human error. I also believe that
technology has helped art, expanding the ways a person can create art. If anything art has become more detailed not simple.
how do you think he would have written this intermedia statement if he had been exposed to the complexities of the
internet, global-economics, cloning, ubiquitous mobile communication? would he have changed anything?
With all the technology we possess today verses Higgins day, I believe that Higgins view wouldn’t change. His
statement would retain it’s basic view and issues because Higgins issues weren’t with the technology of his time but
the people of his time. The use of the technology of today would only provide him with more and different examples of
his statement. Higgin’s ideas are still relevant today even though we are far more technologically advanced.
what does higgins state is the point of intermedia? can you think of a few examples were this might have been true of
other, more traditional-seeming, artists?
Higgin’s states that intermedia is the point where media interacts with eachother. Meaning when the media is used in any
way or form to convey a view, idea, etc…
This “intermedia” may have been relevant in the Dada movement, a movement where various media was used to convey feelings
and issues of the political and world situations of the time. There were so many artists using so many different media from
paint to newspapers and magizines to show the world their view on the war or political leaders or decisions made by these
additionally, think of some of the most popular artists and examine their body of work. do any of them seem to fit higgins’
notion of intermedia?
I think artists such as Chuck Close and Kara Walker fit into Higgins notion of intermedia. They have both used media in very
different ways from most other artists. Chuck has taken portraits and exploded them to tremendous sizes while Kara has taken
life size paper silhouettes to create pictures on walls. Both of these ideas are using media in different ways that hadn’t
been tried before.