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Digital arts and culture are created, experienced, produced, archived, shared and shaped by artists who are fluent in the use of science and technology. circuit4.ca will identify and chart the innovative achievements of practitioners in this interdisciplinary field of creative exploration. We seek, whether locally, nationally or internationally, to build awareness, document references, and suggest not only areas for development, but also challenges and opportunities for collaboration.
Digital culture, as its name implies is mediated through digital technology. The many branches of digital culture include range from electronic art to smart fabrics, from content development and digitization to scientific research and cultural production. New media is an umbrella term used to describe evolving forms of computer-based media. Because these forms change frequently, they may also be characterized as unstable media.
Digital artists create new forms of digital culture by blending computing science and other technological tools with artistic methods. They present their art works as public performance events, interactive experiences and exhibitions in both actual physical spaces and virtually on the Internet. Artists often develop tools to create and express their art, thereby contributing directly to technological innovation. This form of research and development is new and neither well recognized nor generally understood.
circuit4.ca is planned as a bilingual Web site that provides information about the history of digital culture in Canada, its status today, and how it fits into the international scene . The primary aim of the site is to immerse visitors in the achievements and creative explorations of Canadian digital artists and innovators.