Why Digital Art Lives Fast and Dies Young


Welcome to the Art Angle, a podcast from Artnet News that delves into the places where the art world meets the real world, bringing each week’s biggest story down to earth. Join us every week for an in-depth look at what matters most in museums, the art market, and much more, with input from our own writers and editors, as well as artists, curators, and other top experts in the field.

Today we’re going to be talking about a relatively new and novel career within art, one you might not have thought of because it didn’t even really exist until recently. And that is… the conservator of new media art.

Anyone who has been to a museum recently will know that contemporary art comes in a dizzying array of forms, an artist today is as likely to be working with computer code or cutting together video in Adobe Premiere Pro as they are to be toiling in front of the easel. At least since the 1960s, artists who want to stay relevant have felt the need to explore the latest technology, even as simply what counts as the latest technology changes at a faster and faster…

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