The EHCC Cyberart Exhibition
[a commentary by Hans-Georg Tuerstig]

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The present age may enter into history as the age of communication ~ certainly its most striking and unique feature. Our means of communicating today were unimaginable even a few decades ago and hopefully we will all continue to learn how to use these means more skillfully in the Buddhist sense of the word. The amount of information available to us is mind staggering and the challenges of finding and discriminating relevant information increase daily.

Deciphering and/or understanding information is yet another challenge and in the midst of all this, digital art appears and begins to play a key role. Digital art is produced with computer hardware and appropriate software and thus has become free from the basic limitations of traditional artwork. Technology aids people around the world to access and express their own creativity in a playful and comparatively easy way. Digital art does not exist in the usual way, which I find very exciting. The 'sacred original' of a digital artwork for example, is a digital file that can be exactly reproduced ('cloned' if you like) but comes into physical existence only through a separate printing process. In a sense, the artist produces code for a piece of art that can be born into this world but can also stay in potential form in cyber space which, by the way, saves valuable resources. Its visibility on the computer screen is an illusion, not more but also not less, and so is our own existence.

Digital artwork breaks all language barriers and can be exchanged via the internet quite literally at the speed of light, reaching hundreds if not thousands of people all over the world simultaneously. Thus, insights and outsides are shared in an effort to get to know each other, to understand and cherish each other, to love each other for our differences, to unite as a human race, to come and stay in touch, to live in peace on this planet we all call our home. In this way we can develop the idea and feeling of belonging not just to a particular family, race, village or country, but of belonging to one planet, of belonging to one universe.

And then we may step beyond ~transcend~ this notion too and awake to the ancient truth that we all are one and the same unlimited consciousness.

The EHCC (East Hawaii Cultural Center) Cyberart Exhibition in Hawaii has in more than one way become the manifest signal of this global contact. 24 artists from 21 countries come together in one show at a time when large areas of our world were and still are in turmoil and focus on separation and individual self-interest and concern rather than love, understanding and peace. This exhibition has become very successful and a digital art surftour is being offered at the second web URL listed below this article, which leads people through the jungle of cyberspace from one precious artist to another, who together shine like a string of lights that wraps around the planet ~ from Brazil to India, Denmark to Cuba, Australia to Russia, Spain to the USA, Holland to Mexico, Germany to South Korea, Sweden to Italy, Japan to Switzerland, Finland to Uruguay, Jamaica to Yugoslavia and Canada. In addition, local exhibitions in various countries anchor the digital files in physical reality and make them accessible on this level too. We all know that art can say more than a million words and now with digital art and the internet we can speak and listen to and get to know each other all over the world in an easy, non threatening and enjoyable way.

And one more time we may realize that we all are far more alike than different.

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Information Link URLs

http://www.lastplace.com/EXHIBITS/EHCC/ICE2002/introduction.htm
www.surftaxi.de/TaxiDriver/go?TaxiDriver=top-image&TourNr=928