In the arts, practitioners have been exploring the post-digital idea for some time, with the attempt to theorise, explore, and question the interaction of the human with the increasingly present, digital technology. A critical approach towards this post-digital condition has informed the work of artists, curators, and academicians, who often included into their research a particularly strong focus on the humanisation of technology as well as on a digitalisation of our life.
From the immersive experience offered by virtual reality installations, to an algorithm-controlled cyber exhibition, post digital practices aim to enhance through visual narratives the disappearing barriers that separate art from reality itself.
As digital technology is rushing to become an essential part of every aspects of our life, art has been intrinsically contaminated by it, not just in the message and medium, but as a practice in its totality. Far from being exclusively a theoretical and speculative idea, the post-digital is a current condition that has been influencing practical and conceptual art and of course, its spaces.
As part of their Digital Now Series and in partnership with Transmediale Festival (whose director Kristoffer Gansing is one of the speakers) , the ICA has organised a panel discussion to address the notion - and the term - post-digital by looking specifically at how it influenced institutions as well as platforms, and how sites for the interaction between art and technology are shaping the creative landscape.