«There is a fallacy according to which women have the intrinsic difficulty of not understanding technology or not knowing how to use it. Instead, throughout my life I have met many women programmers. In this way, the journalist Roberta Bosco summarizes the wall built around the relationship between women and machines. An issue that, together with cyberfeminisms, the link between art and technology or the past, present and future of digital culture and virtual and immersive environments, focused the debate Dibuixant una spiral cap a la singularitat, which was held last week at Lo Pati-Centre d’Art Terres de l’Ebre, and in which the visual artist Alba G. Corral, the festival curator Antònia Folguera and the communicator Pat Quintero, who moderated the intervention.
What is the state of health of art and digital technology? “It is acceptable because it has entered many areas where it was not present years ago,” he explains. the visual artist Alba G. Corral, who from her experience highlights the example of the Palau de la Música, “where digital art has carved a niche for itself, achieving recognition on the same level as other arts, such as music.” Along the same lines, when asked why this value has not been given so far, Alba G. Corral assures that “we have lacked a trade, while we are in 2022 and we are still talking about new technologies.” For this reason, she claims the “emotional and artistic significance of digital art”, while she urges that “we artists must have a greater presence in museums, galleries, theaters, operas, etc.” As for whether this technology is perceived as something devoid of emotions, she believes that “those who speak in these terms are out of ignorance or because they have not seen digital art properly”, while she highlights as an added value of digital culture «the use of a language, some platforms and a way of speaking with the machine that other artistic disciplines do not have». He refers to generative art in which “we create a piece that is different, where the machine is the author of the work, while at the same time contributing what is alive and dialoguing with time.”
For its part, Antònia Folguera, believes that “in the field of art and digital culture, women have been present from the first day”, but regrets that “perhaps it has not been in the figures that we would like and not with the visibility that they deservebut the time has come for many of these artists and creators, like Alba G. Corral, to have the visibility they deserve».
In this sense, Folguera recalls that “art is no different from any other sector of society, in which women have historically played an undeserved secondary role.” Likewise, she highlights that striving for “greater representation and visibility will contribute to adding voices and perspectives, which are artistically reflected with new languages and more inclusive aesthetics.” So, Antònia Folguera concludes that “it is never too late to incorporate more women and more perspectives, which will contribute to building the art language of the future.”