With Anna Frants, Alexandra Dementieva, Carla Gannis, Lev Manovich, Peter Patchen, and Natasha Kurchanova
Pratt Institute | 200 Willoughby Ave
III. Patterns of the mind, digital tribalism in contemporary art
Chair: Anna Frants
Panelists: Alexandra Dementieva (artist), Carla Gannis (artist/Assistant Chair, Pratt DDA) Lev Manovich (Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY), Peter Patchen (artist/Chair Department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute), Natasha Kurchanova (art historian, Eastern European Art Critics Society)
With the explosion of globalization and cutting-edge communication tools, there has been an emergence of the phenomenon of digital tribalism when artists unite into groups not on the grounds of geography, but rather according to their interests.
The predominant characteristic of art tribes throughout time has been the need to share and to communicate ideas, thoughts, observations and views. Digital networks achieve this objective by connecting like-minded members of such new tribes across the continents. As the principal players move around the arena, a self-assembled dynamic network structure emerges that no single player can control.