Postdigital Narrative Art 

Postdigtial Narrative Art

Narrative plays a prominent role in digital art. In my book, The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press), the word “narrative” appears fifty times, from art narrative, autobiographic, biblical, community, creative, data-driven, historical, to personal narrative.

I have been exploring visual narrative art in many of my artworks that can be seen at my website Mel Alexenberg and at Wikipedia. I also created an Artiststory blog in 2007 with the 2011 post Postdigital Narrative Art.

I partnered with Michael Bielicky, professor of digital media art at ZKM University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, in establishing the Institute for Postdigital Narrative at ZKM in 2010. The video of my talk at the inauguration of the Institute can be seen at Vimeo.

The statement of the Institute’s aims are even more relevant today than they were over a decade ago. “Mankind has always operated on narrative to explain and understand its own existence. Our times, in particular, call for the exploration, expression and especially, creation of new story-telling formats." 

Phygital Art Experience

Phygital” is a recently coined term to describe art experiences that create a dialogue between physical and digital art forms. For example, Cyberangels, Rembrandt, King Charles III described here can be enriched by also owning Alexenberg’s 1986 ground-breaking experimental lithograph of cyberangels in flight Digital Tribute to Rembrandt that is in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Rembrandt House Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum.