Information and Knowledge Society

Selling and collecting art in the network society. Interactions among contemporary art new media and the art market

Doctoral Programme on the Information and Knowledge Society

Author: Pau Waelder Laso
Programme: Doctoral Programme on the Information and Knowledge Society
Language: English
Supervisors: Dr Pau David Alsina González and Dr. Natàlia Cantó Milá 
Departament / Institut: Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: digital art, art market, internet, port-internet, e-commerce 
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The present dissertation explores and analyzes the current interactions among art, new media and the art market, as well as the ongoing transformations in the recognition of digital art, the structure of the market, and the role of the viewer and collector. It is divided into three parts. The first part analyzes the ways in which new media art has defined itself as a distinct art world, as well as the controversies that exemplify its separation from the mainstream contemporary art world. The second part exposes the motivations and expectations of artists working with emerging technologies by means of a survey carried out by the author among more than 500 artists from 50 countries. The third part discusses the ways in which digital art has been commercialized as well as the recent developments in the online contemporary art market.